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No new superintendent for a while

Dale Thompson, Of the Record staff

The Park City School Board is starting over in its superintendent search.

"We decided to continue the search," said board Vice President Kim Carson.

Last week, two candidates were brought to town but neither was hired.

Jo Campbell and Ryan Thomas met with the school board and community members. Campbell is currently the assistant superintendent for Council Bluffs Community Schools in Council Bluffs, Iowa. Thomas is the assistant superintendent for the Uintah School District in Evanston, Wyoming.

"We felt each candidate had some great qualifications and qualities. However, we felt that neither of them were what we wanted for the district at this time," Carson said.

For the interview process the board sought feedback from several stakeholder groups.

"One of the things that we saw was a lack of support (for the candidates) from our groups that helped us with the interview process," school board president David Chaplin said.

He added how happy he was to have their feedback.

Chaplin noted that finding a new superintendent is still a high priority.

"It isn’t dropped, we certainly are still eagerly looking for someone," he said.

The school board will meet in a closed session next Tuesday to discuss how they will approach hiring for the position.

Carson said a request for applications will go out but no timeline has been determined.

Chaplin confirmed that no dates are set yet.

"We just don’t know, it’s very early in the process," he said.

The deadline for applications may come by the New Year.

"We’ve had advice that it might be a good idea to make the deadline into 2007," Chaplin said.

He added that the short timeline for the last search might have discouraged candidates from applying.

Also on Tuesday during the regular session an interim superintendent will be appointed. Director of Student Services Tom VanGorder is the current acting superintendent.


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