Twenty apply for superintendent vacancy

by nathan oster

With Gary Meredith retiring this year, Big Horn County School District No. 3 has begun the process of selecting its next superintendent.

Dave Haller, chairman of the school board, said the district received 20 applications and that a committee of school employees and community members is now whittling the list to identify the candidates who will be brought in for interviews.

The school board is expected to review the applications when it meets for its monthly meeting on Feb. 14.

Meredith, who sits on the committee, said he is “very pleased with the quality of the applicants.”

The school district has taken a different approach to filling this opening.

The last time, when the task was filling the post vacated by Craig Sorensen, the district hired the Wyoming School Board Association to guide it through the search process. That process led to the hiring of Martha Young.

This time, the board opted to go it alone. Rather than hiring the WSBA, the district treated the opening like any other vacancy, running ads on the WSBA website and elsewhere.

When asked about the “reach” of the advertising, Meredith said this approach “worked very well.  There was no issue with that. The ad was posted … and within 24 hours, I had a call from someone in South Carolina.”

The committee overseeing the search, in addition to Meredith, consists of Jim Prather, Sandy Menke, Sara Schlattmann and Paula Scott, all of whom are school employees, as well as board member Jamie Flitner.

Meredith said the committee intends to meet again Friday, Feb. 10 to select a group of finalists. Those candidates will then hand those candidates over to four different committees — school board, school staff, community stakeholders and central office/administration.

The finalists will interview with each of those committees, with the window of those interviews likely being between Feb. 20 and March 9.

Meredith said he hopes to be in a position to make a recommendation to the school board in March.