With less than a month remaining before the Feb. 15 application deadline, the Moffat County school district has received five applications for the vacant superintendent of schools position.
At Monday night's Moffat County Board of Education meeting, personnel director Bruce Gregg and board member John Kinkaid gave an update on where the search committee is in the process.
In addition to the five applications that have already been returned, 19 other people have inquired about the position and have been sent application packets.
Kinkaid said he hopes more packets are turned in before the deadline.
"I'd like to see more," he said. "I'd like to see us have a larger pool to pick from."
Gregg advised the board to set an initial date to review the applications after the deadline.
"You need to establish a date the week of Feb. 15 to establish a work session for screening," he said. "Then you need to allow a week to do background checks on the applicants."
The board chose Monday, Feb. 18 as the day for their work session and decided they would do the screening themselves.
Kinkaid said through staff and public meetings, the board has received input on what people want in a superintendent.
"We've been aggressively seeking input and now we have to compile that input," he said.
Thus far, the district has sent out advertisements to every school district and college in the state and has placed ads on the Colorado Associations of School Boards web page as well as in the Denver Post.
"We're not putting any more ads in the newspapers," Kinkaid said. "I don't see us being any more aggressive before the deadline."
But that could change if the board doesn't think it has enough applications come mid-February, he said.
"If we have enough applicants then we'll proceed," he said. "If we don't, then we'll have to be more aggressive."