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West Grand superintendent finalists named

Tonya Bina

The West Grand School District is down to three finalists from a pool of 21 applicants for its superintendent position.

The superintendent list was narrowed down during a special meeting on April 12. The finalists are Michael Hurst of Blacksburg, Va., Brad Schultz of Longmont and Terry Vanderpan of Bozeman, Mont.

Hurst is the principal at Blacksburg High School in Blacksburg, Va.; Schultz, a certified teacher, administrator and principal, is director of student services for Park School District in Estes Park; and Vanderpan, a former superintendent and principal at the Anderson District in Bozeman, Mont., has been working as a consultant to school districts since 2009.

According to West Grand School District officials, the West Grand Board of Education plans to select a superintendent from this list of three individuals on April 26, with an employment start date of July 1.

This coming weekend, the school district is hosting each of the finalists on a tour of the town and district facilities. The visit includes a welcome social with the board of education at the Allington Inn and Suites conference room, and a dinner at the West Grand Community Educational Foundation’s Annual Banquet at the high school. 

The community is invited to attend a one-hour open forum at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 21, in the PK-8 Cathy Shipley Community Room, to meet the candidates and have an opportunity to ask each of them questions. The school board plans to hold a special meeting at 6:30 p.m. that same night to receive input from two interview committees and the community.

The finalists’ applications are available in the District Office for public review.