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The search is under way for an assistant to new Steamboat Springs High School Principal Mike Knezevich.

Knezevich, hired two weeks ago to replace retiring principal Dave Schmid, is teaming up with Superintendent Donna Howell to lead the search for a new assistant principal. Knezevich has been the school's assistant principal the past six years, and he will continue in that post through the end of the academic year.

Howell said the district is looking for an assistant principal who can best complement Knezevich's strengths.

"Currently, Mike and Dave teamed the administration of the building," Howell said. "I think it's important to get a good match for the school and the district and a good complement for Mike's strengths."

Knezevich said he wants a team player with high school experience and a firm grasp of curriculum and instruction.

"I think the biggest thing is to be part of a team, not only with me, but with the teacher leaders in this building," Knezevich said.

The successful candidate also needs to be ready for a heavy workload.

"I don't think many people understand the time commitment a principal and assistant principal have to make at Steamboat Springs High School," he said.

As part of the search effort, Knezevich and Howell met with high school students Tuesday and with staff members Wed-nesday to identify the ideal characteristics sought in the school's next assistant principal. They will meet with parents of high school students Monday.

The district will use information gathered from the student, staff and parent forums to screen applications and select the semifinalists who eventually will be asked to interview for the position, Howell said.

Like it did for the recently completed principal searches, the district will compile an interview team of students, parents, staff and administrators to meet with each semifinalist.

Successful candidates will possess administrative certification, such as a principal's license, Howell said.

Unlike the principal hiring decisions, Howell will share in the final decision with Knezevich.

"Mike has to be a part of it," Howell said. "He'll be working closely with the individual. We'll jointly make that decision."

The district hopes to have the assistant principal hired by mid-April. The application period ends April 1. The district already has received five applications.

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