The South Routt School Board is expected to announce the name of its next superintendent tonight.
School Board President Hank deGanahl said board members came to a consensus on their top candidate earlier this week. The board will meet in executive session tonight to finalize contract negotiations with its top choice before making a public motion to approve the contract for the chosen finalist.
"We'll come out with a public announcement," deGanahl said Wednesday.
The four finalists for the position are Soroco Middle School and High School Principal James Chamberlin, Brush Middle School Principal Ken Mil--ler, Vilas School District Principal Kelly Reed and Har--ding County, S.D., School District Superintendent Paige Fenton Hughes.
Tonight's hiring will end the six-month search for a replacement for retiring Superintendent Steve Jones. The process, led by Craig education consultant Janet Bohart, began last fall with community forums to gather input from district stakeholders about what qualities and characteristics they wanted to see in the next superintendent. Twenty-one educators from six states turned in applications for the position.
Bohart and Northwest Colo--rado Board of Cooperative Educational Services director Jane Toothaker narrowed the field to 15 applicants. A screening committee composed of three parents, three teachers, a district office representative, a support staff representative and South Routt Elementary School Principal Kim Rabon reviewed the 15 remaining applicants and agreed on four finalists.
The School Board and a stakeholder committee similar to the screening committee met separately with each of the finalists earlier this month. The School Board held a special meeting in executive session Monday to determine the top candidate. During the 3 1/2 hour meeting, the board examined input from the parallel interview committee, discussed the candidates individually and listened to Bohart report about candidate references.
DeGanahl said the board emerged from the meeting with a list ordering the candidates from first choice to fourth choice.
The board is excited to finalize the deal with its next superintendent and bring an end to a lengthy but worthwhile search process, deGanahl said.
"It's been a real community process," he said. "We wanted them to be able to take ownership. The process worked really well."
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