Public missing at school district's public meeting

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By JOSH NICHOLS
Daily Press writer
A public meeting held Monday night to gain public input on the search for a superintendent of the Moffat County School District brought out two school faculty members, five school board members and two members of the media.
But one important group was not represented at the meeting. The public.
Despite the limited turn out, board members conducted a round table discussion on where the school district was in regard to the search and what else needed to be done.
Since the district began advertising the position at the end of December, 13 inquiries have been made about the position.
Twelve of the 13 people who responded have already been sent a packet containing information about the Moffat County School District and community.
John Kinkaid, the school board member delegated the duty of coordinating the search, said the intended purpose of Monday's meeting and the public meeting scheduled for Jan. 17 was to gain input from the community on what traits should be looked for in those who apply.
"We would like to use the community meetings as a template for the screening process to develop the questions we need to ask applicants," he said.
In previous searches for superintendents and other administrators, teams of school board members, teachers, administrators and community members have been formed to screen candidates and narrow the number of applicants down to a select few for interviews.
The public meetings are the first steps in the effort to engage the public in the search.
"We want to get from the community what they think would be the best characteristics in a superintendent," said board member Steve Hafey.
So far an advertisement has been placed in the Denver Post and on the Colorado Association of School Boards web page.
Letters have also been sent to every school district and college in the state.
One more advertisement will be placed on the Denver Post education page in coming weeks.
Personnel director Bruce Gregg said the total of 13 who have already responded was not expected, yet does not come as a surprise.
"I didn't have a clue what to expect when we started," he said. "But I do know there's a shortage of superintendents nationwide, so we should be happy with the response we've received."
Applications will be accepted until Feb. 15, at which time a committee will begin screening those applicants, narrowing the number to approximately five who will be brought in for interviews.
The goal of the school board is to hire a superintendent by summer.
The next public engagement meeting will be at 7 p.m. Jan. 17 in the Moffat County School Administration Building.

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