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South Routt identifies 4th finalist

A Brush Middle School principal is the fourth finalist in the South Routt School District’s hunt for a new superintendent.

Ken Miller, whose name had been withheld upon his request when the other three finalists were announced last week, will interview Monday with South Routt School Board members and a parallel committee of district stakeholders.

Miller joins Vilas School District Principal Kelly Reed, Harding County (S.D.) School District Superintendent Paige Fenton Hughes and South Routt Middle School and High School Principal James Chamberlin as a finalist for the superintendent vacancy being created by the pending retirement of Steve Jones.

Janet Bohart, the Craig-based educational consultant hired by the School Board to lead the superintendent search process, identified Reed, Fenton Hughes and Chamberlin as finalists last week. By law, Colorado public school districts must release the names of executive search finalists at least 14 days before an appointment is made. Bohart released Miller’s name Tuesday because the School Board could appoint a new superintendent as early as March 17, she said.

“We just wanted to be sure (Miller’s name) was out in plenty of time,” Bohart said.

Miller didn’t immediately return a phone message left at his Brush Middle School office Tuesday.

The superintendent finalist interviews begin Thursday when Reed comes to Oak Creek to meet separately with School Board members and the parallel interview committee. Fenton Hughes is scheduled to interview with the board and parallel committee March 9, followed by Chamberlin on March 10.

The School Board will meet March 14 in executive session to review each finalist, pick a top choice and determine how officials want to enter into contract negotiations with that individual, Bohart said. The board could announce its new superintendent at its regularly scheduled March 17 meeting.

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