Search narrows for superintendent

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— The Steamboat Springs Board of Education emerged from a three-hour executive session Monday night with a list of five superintendent candidate semifinalists, School Board President Paul Fisher said.

Because the five have been identified only as semifinalists, the School Board is not required by law to name the candidates. Fisher declined to say whether any of the five are from Colorado.

Bill Newman, executive director of Ray and Associates, the search firm hired by the School Board to find Superintendent Cyndy Simms' replacement, arrived in Steamboat this week with 58 candidate applications.

Ray and Associates typically receive 54 applications for a superintendent position that has been advertised for two months. The Steamboat position was only advertised for one month, Fisher said.

Newman recommended 11 of the 58 candidates to the School Board. Using what Fisher called a "very straightforward comparison process," School Board members ranked each candidate.

The resumes of five candidates distinguished themselves from the rest of the field, Fisher said.

"It always feels good to get one step closer," Fisher said. The five semifinalists will be invited to Steamboat next week to interview with the School Board and a group of eight district stakeholders. The interviews will take place June 25 and 26.

The School Board has set aside time on June 27 to review information gathered from the interviews and to attempt to identify a single finalist.

The School Board is required by law to identify the candidate or candidates once they have been named as finalists. Once a finalist or finalists have been named, the School Board must wait 14 days before it can offer the job. Simms accepted the superintendent post for the Mercer Island, Wash., School District in early April. Her 10-year reign as Steamboat superintendent comes to an end this month.

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