Moffat County School Board enlists help for superintendent search
Moffat County School Board taps the Colorado Association of School Boards to oversee search for a new superintendent
March 3, 2016
Craig — The Moffat County School Board enlisted the services of the Colorado Association of School Boards to facilitate a superintendent search, contingent upon the resignation of current Superintendent Brent Curtice. The board made the decision unanimously at a meeting on Thursday.
Curtice accepted the superintendent's position at Garfield School District No. Re-2 last month, and his formal resignation from Moffat County is expected next week, said Moffat County School Board President Darrell Camilletti.
During a board workshop before the decision, Mark DeVoti, assistant executive director of CASB, delivered a presentation about the services CASB can provide for the search. He said the timeline for such a search tended to range from two to four months — and after discussions with board members, he said interviews were likely to be scheduled by the middle of May.
To help frame the search, DeVoti said he would meet with focus groups that included a variety of community members. He said he'd ask questions about the community, about the school district and about the most sought-after attributes in the next superintendent. DeVoti began that process on Thursday by asking questions of the school board.
DeVoti also said community members — including district employees and those outside the district — could form interview groups that ask questions of the finalists and present feedback to the school board. He said interview training sessions would precede that work.
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For those groups, DeVoti said, a range of perspectives would be welcome, including "people in the community that may be vocally outspoken against the district."
DeVoti said the cost of the services would be $9,000, with additional expenses not to exceed $3,500.
Several board members brought up the tough financial situation the district faces, asking how current budget struggles might affect the search.
DeVoti described how statewide education funding challenges affect school districts throughout Colorado — not just in Moffat County. He said people within districts don't always realize how much their experiences are shared.
"I think that's because you're living it," he said. "You're feeling a lot of this."
DeVoti also asked school board members questions about the community — regarding the school district and beyond — and he asked them what sorts of qualities they'd like to see in a superintendent.
Board members offered a range of responses, noting the importance of strong leadership in a superintendent, sound fiscal knowledge, collaboration with the school board and a willingness to become involved in the community.
Board Member Jo Ann Baxter focused academics in her comments.
"I think we really do want to have somebody who believes in research-based instruction," she said, and then she went on to describe someone who would support strong academic programs.
For the last superintendent search, about two years ago, the district’s school board tapped the services of Hazard, Young, Attea & Associates to facilitate the process.