Riverhead Central School District's administrative office on Osborn Avenue. File photo: Denise Civiletti

Seven candidates are being considered for the Riverhead school superintendent post, according to school board member Greg Meyer.

“We should be making an appointment by the end of May or the first meeting in June,” Meyer said in an interview last week.

There were 15 applicants for the position. Seven of them are being interviewed, he said. Interviews started Thursday and will continue tomorrow, Meyer said.

A committee handling the interviews consists of school board vice president Amelia Lantz, members Ann Cotten-DeGrasse and Meyer, Deputy Superintendent Sam Schneider, representatives of the Riverhead Central Faculty Association and Civil Service Employees Association and the PTO Executive Council, Meyer said.

“I am damned excited about every single candidate we’re about to interview,” Meyer said Wednesday.

“Whoever we pick, it’s going to be a quality person,” he said.

Superintendent Nancy Carney announced in December she intended to retire in August.

Carney was elevated to the role of superintendent upon the retirement of Diane Scricca in June 2010. Carney had previously served the district for six years as assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction.

Carney’s seven-year tenure as superintendent is the longest of any person who has held the post in Riverhead since Robert Holmes, who served as superintendent from 1994 to 2000. In the decade that followed, Riverhead had six superintendents, including six interim superintendents, before Carney took the helm in July 2010.

“We talked about that revolving door,” Meyer said. “We definitely don’t want to go through that again.”

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