Steamboat Springs Hayden School District Superintendent Greg Rockhold has expressed interest in the Cheatham County, Tenn., director of schools vacancy, according to a story published Wednesday in the Tennessean.
The Nashville, Tenn., newspaper named Rockhold as one of 19 applicants for the position. However, Rockhold, who came to Hayden before the 2008-09 school year from Paris, Tenn., said Monday that his name was submitted by an acquaintance.
"It was not an act of application on my part," he said.
Hayden School Board President Brian Hoza said he had not seen the newspaper story nor had he been told Rockhold might be considering another position.
Rockhold said he hasn't looked into the position and that he's not even sure where the school district is located in Tennessee. He said he hasn't been contacted about the position and he likely wouldn't discuss it if he were. Rockhold, who originally is from Albuquerque, N.M., said he still has family in Tennessee but has no immediate plans to pursue another job.
"I'm having too much fun here," he said. ": I'm very happy in Hayden."
Rockhold said his focus was preparing for the upcoming school year, which begins Sept. 8.
Cheatham County, Tenn., has a population of nearly 36,000, according to the 2000 Census. According to its Web site, The School District has six elementary schools, three middle schools, three high schools and three specialty schools.
The story in the Tennessean reported that the screening committee that is reviewing applications for the director of schools position has no timetable for hiring.
Should Hayden have to look for its second superintendent in two years, Hoza said he didn't think it would interfere with the district working toward its long-term goals.
"Longevity is helpful to the long-term success and stability of the district," he said. "Transitions are always a challenge, but not necessarily a bad thing. : We'll do what we need to do if that becomes an issue."