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East Grand School District selects Franklin Reeves as next district Superintendent

Lance Maggart/lmaggart@skyhidailynews.com

The East Grand School District (EGSD) will have a new Superintendent when classes start in the fall in the fall of 2016.

The EGSD Board of Education selected Franklin Reeves as the next District Superintendent for East Grand during a Board executive session held prior to the standard Board meeting Tuesday evening March 29.

Reeves, who is currently the Superintendent of the Genoa-Hugo School District in far eastern Colorado, was chosen by the Board from a group of four finalists candidates. All four of the finalist candidates for Superintendent attended a community Meet and Greet event last Thursday at Middle Park High School.

Prior to the official vote on a new superintendent Tuesday night each member of the EGSD Board of Education declared their preferred candidate with all six members of the Board naming Frank Reeves as their preferred choice. Following the declarations from the Board a vote was held and Reeves received unanimous affirmation from the board.

Board of Education President Mike McGinley briefly touched on how the Board arrived at their decision. "We had a very good meeting," McGinley said. "We discussed all the candidates; the highs and lows for each one. We reviewed what the other groups had contributed and Frank came out as a very good choice. Since then I have talked with other people who were involved and they think he is an excellent choice."

McGinley explained he was happy with the selection of Reeves by the Board. "When I called Frank up he was very excited to be coming up here. He had good ideas about what our District needs to do to move forward. He is very familiar with working with legislative issues in general. I think that will be a real plus for our District."

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Reeves was ecstatic following the announcement Tuesday night. "From the moment I was notified by Mike McGinley that I was selected by the board to be the next superintendent I have been euphoric," Reeves stated. "I am honored that I was chosen and intend to exceed the expectations that the district and community have for me."

The multi-month process of gathering superintendent applicants and narrowing the field down to a final selection began in earnest after current EGSD Superintendent Jody Mimmack, Ph.D. announced her decision not to seek contract renewal late last year. Following Mimmack's announcement the EGSD Board of Education entered into discussions with the Colorado Association of School Boards (CASB) to begin a search for a new superintendent.

East Grand contracted with CASB who oversaw the search as an outside entity for a $9,000 fee. Mark DeVoti, Assistant Executive Director of CASB, conducted most of the legwork for the search, advertising for the position, screening applicants, conducting background checks and holding focus groups with community members, EGSD staff and parents. As part of their agreement CASB will provide East Grand with a first-year performance plane for the new Superintendent.

The search for a new superintendent kicked off in mid-January with discussions between the EGSD Board and CASB and the holding of focus groups with community members. The EGSD Board of Education screened initial applications received by CASB and developed a short-list of candidates for in-person interviews. The Board then screened the pool of applicants further down to a group of four.

After the final four applicants were selected a series of interview committees made up of community members, parents and EGSD staff were formed. The interview committees, with 28 total individuals, held lengthy interviews with the candidates last Friday.

The selection process was highly competitive and Reeves acknowledged the competition for the position and was grateful for his selection. "I want the Board to know how much I thank them for the opportunity to become a part of East Grand," Reeves stated. "I now this was a competitive process and to even get the chance to interview was an honor."

Reeves is pleasantly anticipating the start of next school year.

"I am looking forward to serving as the superintendent and helping East Grand School District continue to improve and become the best district in the state," he said. "I am so excited to begin this journey and really, really happy to become a Panther! My wife Tammy and I look forward to becoming a part of the community this summer."

Reeves' contract as Superintendent of East Grand School District officially begins on July 1.

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