South Routt School District in preliminary stages of superintendent search

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— On Thursday night, the South Routt School District Board of Education made its initial steps toward hiring a new superintendent for the 2014-15 school year and beyond.

With current superintendent Scott Mader resigning at the end of the school year and not returning for the final year of his contract, the district now is in discussion on what it is looking for in his replacement and how it wants to conduct the search.

“The consensus is we’re looking for a full-time superintendent,” Board President Jules Palyo said. “It needed to go to discussion, could we maybe reorganize or think outside the box? It was just thrown onto the table for brainstorming.”

Palyo said with the challenges districts face statewide, a full-time superintendent — as opposed to a part-time or dual-role employee — was necessary.

As far as the search process, Palyo said a private party would be contracted to help sift through applications, line up interviews and narrow down candidates.

“We have done that in the past and we did decide who to go through, but we won’t announce it until we have a solid agreement" with the party, Palyo said. “It’s someone local who we have a good relationship with.”

At the April 10 special school board meeting, Palyo said the district will be prepared to announce who the party is and what its role will be in the search.

At the meeting, the district also will set up a timeline for the hiring process and likely a work session for the school board will take place beforehand, Palyo said.

“We do want to take the time and get the best person possible,” Palyo said. “Our current superintendent is there until the end of June. Best case is to have someone July 1, but that’s not critical. If we have a little gap there between superintendents, a week or two or a month, it wouldn’t be the end of the world.”

He added that new superintendent searches typically take two or three months.

As has been the case in the past, Palyo said he expects the district to create a selection committee without board members or district officials to help add input to the hiring decision.

Representatives, he said, would be from all sectors of the community, including teachers, business owners, parents and other professionals.

“I’ve already had quite a few people show interest in being on it,” Palyo said.

To reach Ben Ingersoll, call 970-871-4204, email bingersoll@SteamboatToday.com or follow him on Twitter @BenMIngersoll

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