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NW BOCES selects five executive director finalists

— The Northwest Colorado Board of Cooperative Educational Services has narrowed its search for a new executive director to five finalists.

Members of the BOCES board and representatives from each of its six member districts met Monday to interview the candidates, which include current Colorado school district superintendents, an elementary school principal and employees from the Colorado Department of Education and BOCES.

"They're all very strong, and they represent a few different perspectives," said Brian Hoza, president of the BOCES board.

The new executive director is expected to begin July 1 and will replace outgoing director Amy Bollinger, who announced her resignation in January. Bollinger has been executive director since July 2013.

The five finalists announced March 23 were:

• Jim Anderson, superintendent of the North Park School District, a BOCES member district, in Walden. Anderson was also a recent finalist to be the new superintendent of the Valley RE-1 school district in Greeley.

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• Jane Harmon, elementary school principal in the East Grand School District, another member district, in Granby. Harmon was the Moffat County High School principal from 2001 to 2008.

• Paul McCarty, superintendent of the Hanover School District in Colorado Springs since 2010. McCarty was previously a special education teacher and spent five years as a special education coordinator for a school district in Sacramento, California.

• Alyssa Ohleyer, accountability specialist with the Colorado Department of Education's Idaho Springs office. Ohleyer was previously a school social worker for Jeffco Public Schools for 10 years.

• Allan Ward, assistant special education director for NW CO BOCES’ Craig office.

About 10 candidates applied for the position, which advertised a salary range of $95,000 to $110,000, Hoza said.

The BOCES board will meet at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday in a special executive session to consider which candidate with whom the board will begin negotiations.

Hoza said the board will wait until at least April 6 to announce an executive director selection, in keeping with a Colorado law that requires 14 days between the announcement of finalists and the selection.

"We will spend that time doing some thorough reference checks," Hoza said.

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