Hayden seeks help with hiring principal

School district wants assistance reviewing applications, interviewing candidates

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Call Hayden Superintendent Mike Luppes at 970-276-3864 to participate in reviewing candidate applications or interviews.

— The Hayden School District wants faculty and staff members, parents and community members to participate in the review and selection of the next Hayden Secondary Schools principal.

The district hopes to have a replacement for Troy Zabel in place to be approved at the June 15 meeting, Superintendent Mike Luppes said. But to do so, he said Hayden needs help.

Anyone interested in reviewing applications Monday to Wednesday can call Luppes at 970-276-3864. He said people interested in participating in interviewing candidates with a committee of Secondary Schools teachers, administrators and Hayden School Board members should call him. The interviews will take place June 6 to 9.

Luppes said faculty and staff members, parents and community members who would like to participate in a more informal committee to interview could show up when the interviews are scheduled.

“We definitely want to make sure the secondary parents are involved if they want to be,” he said. “There are numerous opportunities to be involved.”

Luppes asked that anyone who wanted to interview candidates and provide feedback should show up to all interviews. He would like to hear from those interested in participating by Wed­­nesday.

Hayden is accepting applications through Friday. As of Thursday afternoon, Luppes said 11 candidates — from the Yampa Valley, across Colorado and out of state — had applied for the position. He said another two had said they would apply.

The group reviewing applications next week will narrow candidates down to four to six for interviews, Luppes said. He said the two committees then would interview those candidates one or two days in June. Representatives from each committee will rank the candidates for the district to make a selection by the June 15 School Board meeting.

There also will be reference checks conducted by the district throughout the process.

Luppes said involving faculty and staff members, parents and members of the community worked well in 2004, when Hayden hired Zabel.

Zabel took the superintendent position with the Bayfield School District, a district of about 1,350 students in a community less than 20 miles southeast of Durango. He starts July 1.

— To reach Jack Weinstein, call 970-871-4203 or email jweinstein@SteamboatToday.com

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