East Grand announces Superintendent finalists
A list of four finalist candidates was announced during the Tuesday night EGSD Board meeting. The four candidates being considered for Superintendent of East Grand are: Darci Mohr, Superintendent of the South Routt School District in Oak Creek; Scott Madar, Superintendent of the Trinidad School District; Nathan Smith, Superintendent of the Del Norte Consolidated School District; and Franklin Reeves, Superintendent of the Genoa-Hugo School District. All candidates currently work as Superintendents in the State of Colorado.
Over the last couple of months a series of community meetings were held to discuss expectations for a new Superintendent. Likewise focus groups with East Grand staff members were also held. The EGSD Board of Education screened initial applicants, developed a short-list of candidates for in-person interviews and then further screened the pool of applicants down to the final four.
All four of the finalist candidates will soon be coming to Grand County for a formal interview process with a series of interview committees. The interview committees are made up of parents, community residents and EGSD staff members who expressed interest in being a part of the process and volunteered their time to help conduct the interviews. There are a total of 28 individuals on the interview committees. Interviews with the four finalist candidates will begin late next week.
The Board of Education for East Grand has been searching for a new Superintendent for several months. Mark Devoti, Assistant Executive Director of the Colorado Association of School Boards (CASB), has handled most of the work in the search process. The EGSD paid a $9,000 fee to CASB to oversee the search. Devoti and CASB handled community meetings and focus groups, advertisement for the position, applicant recruitment and conducted background checks on applicants. CASB will also provide a first-year performance plan for the new Superintendent.
The East Grand Board of Education began the process of searching for a new Superintendent in Dec. last year when current EGSD Superintendent Jody Mimmack, Ph.D. announced she would not seek to renew her contract with the District when it expires in June of this year. Mimmack was selected as the Superintendent for East Grand in Feb. 2013.
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