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Applications in for school superintendent

by Sharlene Irete

About 20 people are seeking to be the new Douglas County school superintendent.

Dr. James Hager of Huge, Hager and Associates, the firm hired for the superintendent search, estimates that 20 completed applications for the position were received by the due date.

“We’re going through each one to make sure they’re credentialed,” Hager said.

Jim Huge said that their firm has had 275 contacts in response to the advertisement for the superintendent position.

“I’m very, very pleased with the quality and quantity of the applicants,” Huge said. “The quality and diversity of the people is very strong.”

Huge, Hager and Associates will create a profile of the ideal superintendent based on the input they gathered from residents in their comments during public forums during October and November.

Hager and Huge present a list of approximately 12 applicants to the Douglas County school board during a special meeting Dec. 16 at 3:30 p.m. at Douglas High School.

The public is invited but the board will go into executive session to discuss the character of the candidates. Residents will be invited back to be told who will be in the running and move on to interviews.

The top six applicants will be interviewed Jan. 17 -19. The goal is to have a candidate for approval at the Feb. 14 school board meeting.

John Soderman retires from his position of school superintendent June 30, 2006. The new superintendent will start work July 1, 2006.

The Douglas County school board District 1 seat is open with the resignation of Ron Beck. Beck resigned his position to apply for school superintendent.

The school board will appoint a replacement for Beck Jan. 10.

Registered voters who are residents of Sunridge and most of Johnson Lane are invited to apply. Elections for the District 1 seat are November 2006.

The school district announced the position in The Record-Courier.

For information, call the school district office at 782-5134.

What: Special school board meeting

When: 3:30 p.m. Dec. 16

Where: Douglas High School

Info: Douglas County School District 782-5134