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District 25 set to begin the process of replacing administrators

Feb 15, 2013 - By Katie Roenigk, Staff Writer

Riverton school officials will interview potential replacements for three top administrative positions next month because of the pending retirement of several employees.

Fremont County School District 25 assistant superintendent Kim McKinnon, Rendezvous Elementary School principal Mary Jo Chouinard and Jackson Elementary School principal Owen Lampert all have announced plans to retire at the end of this school year. Superintendent Terry Snyder said he hopes to have new people ready to fill those positions by the end of March.

"We tried to get started on those as soon as possible (in case) we have internal candidates selected," Snyder said, explaining that those vacancies would then have to be filled before next school year.

He intends to interview candidates for the assistant superintendent position first. Advertisements for the job will be published through noon Friday, Snyder said, and administrators will screen the group of candidates next week. Finalists will be invited to attend an interview Friday, March 1.

Snyder said the interview will be conducted by two panels consisting of administrators as well as parents, teachers, specialists and other employees that McKinnon currently oversees.

"Each group will make a recommendation of two (or three) finalists, then I'll do followup interviews of those finalists on Monday, March 4," Snyder said. "My hope is to have that decision made within just a couple of days after that."

Applications for the two principal posts will be accepted through noon Friday, Feb. 22, and Snyder said administrators will screen those candidates Feb. 26. He contemplated interviewing people for both principal positions at once, but Snyder said that scenario posed "a lot of weaknesses."

"We anticipate we may have people in both of those pools," Snyder said, "but we want to have each building have the opportunity to have their separate process. (So) we'll interview Rendezvous first, then do the Jackson elementary position."

Interviews for the Rendezvous Elementary School principal applicants are scheduled for Wednesday, March 6. Snyder will recommend a new assistant superintendent and Rendezvous principal during the board's March 12 meeting.

On March 13, candidates for the Jackson Elementary School principal position will undergo their interview process. Snyder's recommendation for a new Jackson principal is expected during the board's March 26 meeting.

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