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Olean City School District Board of Education members Mary Hirsch-Schena (from left), Paul Hessney and John Bartimole participate in Thursday's special meeting on the district's superintendent search. The board discussed several aspects of the search, including the results of a community survey on what they'd like to see in the district's new leader.

OLEAN — The Olean City School District community is more concerned that its next superintendent has integrity than a doctorate degree or published books.

That’s according to the results of the district’s online survey, which asked parents, staff and community members what qualities they’re most looking for in the district’s next leader and was discussed by the OCSD Board of Education on Thursday night at a special meeting on its superintendent search. The meeting was led by the board’s search consultant, Dr. Alan Pole of Castallo & Silky LLC, who also in a closed-door session with the board discussed a list of candidates and finalized the contract the district will offer.

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