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Hayden School District still seeking community input for superintendent hiring process

— The application deadline for community members interested in having their voices heard in Hayden School District’s superintendent search is a little more than a week away.

Resigning Superintendent Mike Luppes said March 17 is the final day the community can apply to be on one of the two committees that will give the school board input in the hiring process.

Luppes is in his second stint at Hayden superintendent, after coming out of retirement for the position on a part-time basis in 2010. He said the application deadline for his replacement closed at 4 p.m. Wednesday and that interviews are scheduled to begin April 5.

As for the advisory committees, Luppes said community involvement will be critical as the school board narrows down the candidate pool and fills his shoes.

“We want to have a mix of administration, staff, community and parents,” Luppes said. “We just want to have a good mix on both committees and see if they have different takes on it. They will give their input as the school board goes through the hiring process.”

Volunteers will go through a two-hour training session April 1 and have a hand in interviews from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. April 5. At the end of each interview with superintendent candidates, the committees will fill out forms listing their pros and cons, and those forms will go directly to the school board.

Eight to 12 people will be on each committee.

The Colorado Association of School Boards is conducting the interview process and will do preliminary screenings of the first pool of candidates. Another round of application screenings will take place after that, and toward the end of April, the board will decide who to bring in for final interviews.

Generally, three to five candidates are selected for the final interviews, though that number can fluctuate, Luppes said.

“Again, we want to have a good mix on both (committees) so that everyone is hearing everyone else’s points of view,” Luppes said.

Community members interested in serving on one of the two advisory committees can pick up applications at any of the district’s school offices or at the administration building. They also can download the application on the Hayden School District website.

To reach Ben Ingersoll, call 970-871-4204, email bingersoll@SteamboatToday.com or follow him on Twitter @BenMIngersoll

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