South Routt names superintendent finalists

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— The South Routt School District is closer to choosing a new superintendent, and officials are asking community members to come meet the finalists.

An open house will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Monday at the administration building at the Oak Creek campus.

“We wanted to invite the community to come interact with the finalists,” school board President Jules Palyo said.

On May 6, a screening committee reviewed applications from the 18 people who wanted to lead the school district. On Thursday, the school board met and narrowed the pool to four finalists.

“We were very happy with the applicants and the choices we made,” Palyo said.

The finalists are all from Colorado. They are Darci Mohr, of Morrison, Kevin Schott, of Grand Junction, Nikki Johnson, of Campo, and Patrick Bershinsky, of Calhan.

Before the open house, the school board members will interview the candidates individually beginning at 8:30 a.m. The interviews are open to the public, but there will not be an opportunity for public comment.

Palyo said the open house would be a good opportunity for the board to see how the candidates interact with members of the public who have an interest in who the next superintendent is.

“They’re definitely free to give board members their two cents,” Palyo said.

He said the board hopes to offer the job to someone by the end of next week.

The school district is filling a vacancy left by Scott Mader, who is leaving at the end of the school year after six years with the district. Mader said he wants to pursue bigger career opportunities in a larger education setting.

To reach Matt Stensland, call 970-871-4247, email mstensland@SteamboatToday.com or follow him on Twitter @SBTStensland

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