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Two district positions to be filled over the summer

Dale Thompson, Of the Record staff

Over the summer Park City School District will fill two key positions.

The application period for director of curriculum and instruction closed last Friday while the high school principal position will remain open until June 2.

Superintendent Dave Adamson hopes to have a new principal in place by July 1, with a new director of curriculum starting no later than Aug. 1. Current curriculum director Merry Haugen will be staying with the district until then.

According to Adamson, Haugen is retiring after over 20 years with the district to spend time with family.

"This is going to be a loss for us. She’s really highly respected in the state," Adamson said.

Former Principal Hal Smith retired last month, leaving Hilary Hays as interim principal.

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"Both of those positions are very high profile, very key positions within this district," said human resources director Tim McConnell.

Superintendent Dave Adamson reported both positions have been advertised online and in various publications including the nationally distributed, "Education Week."

"We want somebody first, who is a leader, somebody who commands respect, who can work well with people and assist people in the change process. Change is inevitable and it’s being able to help people through the change process that is critical," Adamson said.

Other factors that will be considered for both positions are administrative experience and responses from people involved in the hiring process. Adamson said they will also look at whether or not the candidate can fit into the community and be accessible while working with parents, teachers, administrators and the school board.

"Certainly we’re looking for experience. Certainly we’re looking for someone who has the wherewithal to handle that position," McConnell said.

McConnell explained a hiring committee will be formed to hire for both positions. They will be made up of school board members and individuals who know what it takes to be successful in the job. For example, people who work for Haugen will be part of the hiring committee.

Focus groups will also be formed to give feedback to the committees, McConnell said.

The process will include candidates meeting with the superintendent.

"He will meet with them separately and then based on the focus groups, interviews and the meeting with Dave, what would typically happen is we would narrow from the large group of applicants to at least two to pursue additional information on," McConnell said.

After the hiring committee makes a selection, it will go to the board for final approval.

"The hiring process is one of recommendations, and this is actually true of all the positions in the district," McConnell said.

Adamson noted how important process is in the Park City School District, saying with so many stakeholders it is crucial to try and represent everybody’s interests.

"It’s sometimes exhaustive to go through the process as a candidate," he said but added it is ultimately very effective and helps them pick the ideal person for the job.

McConnell concurred with the Superintendent, "The process is one that we feel very confident in. We get good information and we can make good, informed decisions."