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Minnesota’s Brad Meeks signs contract as new Steamboat superintendent

Steamboat Springs superintendent candidate finalist Bradley Meeks speaks with members of Steamboat's board of education Friday at the Steamboat Grand. Meeks signed a contract Tuesday to take over for outgoing Superintendent Shalee Cunningham.

— Brad Meeks will officially start as the Steamboat Springs School District's superintendent on July 15.

Meeks arrived in Steamboat on Tuesday afternoon and signed a one-year contract with the district during a meeting with outgoing Superintendent Shalee Cunningham, who starts her new job as leader of the Novato Unified School District in Marin County, Calif., next month.

Meeks will make $158,654 as superintendent, and his contract will expire June 30, 2012, unless the School Board extends it for another year before Feb. 1.

Meeks plans to spend the rest of this week looking for housing and meeting with the district's principals, directors and office staff. On Friday morning, he is scheduled to have breakfast with School Board members at Freshies.

After the board unanimously approved Meeks' contract offer Monday night, Meeks, 50, said he was eager to meet with district staff and become a member of the community.

Dale Mellor, the district's finance director, will serve as interim superintendent until Meeks starts.

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Meeks is leaving the 6,400-student Farmington Area Public School District in Minnesota, where he was superintendent for seven years.

He resigned in February, citing differences of opinion with members of the Farmington School Board.

As superintendent, he oversaw the implementation of a $111.8 million bond package that was used to build a new high school and elementary school.

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