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District 25 fills slots at central office, Rendezvous Elemen

Mar 8, 2013 - By Katie Roenigk, Staff Writer

Riverton school officials have chosen two internal candidates to fill administrative positions that were vacated this year due to retirements.

Fremont County School District 25 Superintendent Terry Snyder said he will recommend Riverton High School principal Joanne Flanagan for the job of assistant superintendent, and he will recommend Rendezvous Elementary School principal Cheryl Esposito for the job of principal at that facility.

The FCSD25 Board of Trustees will vote on his recommendations on Tuesday.

Snyder said panels interviewed three candidates for the assistant superintendent position and selected two finalists. He noted that Flanagan was their preferred choice.

"We had a committee of staff members and community members (and) we had an administrative team," Snyder said Thursday. "Dr. Flanagan was the top recommendation out of (both groups)."

He said she brings with her a strong background in curriculum and instruction, pointing out that Flanagan worked with retiring assistant superintendent Kim McKinnon in recent years to organize implementation of common core standards and professional learning communities throughout the district.

"Joanne had the opportunity to get a little practice with that and she did extremely well," Snyder said. "We're very excited about having Dr. Flanagan as our assistant superintendent."

He added that the other two candidates from the position came from outside of the area, though they were state residents. The job was advertised at the state and regional level.

Rendezvous principal

This was Esposito's first year as an assistant principal, but Snyder said she came with a strong endorsement from school staff, including retiring principal Mary Jo Chouinard.

"We realize this will be Cheryl's first principalship, (but she) has excellent experience and strong support," Snyder said.

Rendezvous has the largest enrollment of any elementary school in Wyoming.

Snyder said the other applicants had experience in the field as well.

"But Cheryl (has) skills as a leader," Snyder said. "And the fact that she's been with the staff this year separated her to be the best fit. ... She's very dedicated to the staff."

Esposito was on the transition team that helped Rendezvous staff adjust to the addition of third graders to the school, which used to house only fourth and fifth graders. Snyder said her time on the team left her equipped to handle space issues in the future.

"She knows there will be additional challenges and transitions," Snyder said. "We're excited to have her."

One committee of staff members and administrators interviewed five candidates for the Rendezvous position.

Snyder said the group chose two final candidates, but one of the finalists withdrew his name from consideration. Snyder said the withdrawal came after the man's references were contacted.

"As a result of those reference contacts and my following discussion with him we identified an element I hadn't talked to him about," Snyder said. "As a result of that, he chose to withdraw his name."

The other finalist was from outside of the state, Snyder said.

Other openings

Jackson Elementary School principal Owen Lampert also announced plans to retire this year.

Snyder plans to interview candidates for the Jackson position on March 13, and he will make his recommendation for that job during the board's March 26 meeting.

Snyder also will have to find replacements for Esposito and Flanagan this spring.

"We now have a domino effect as far as additional positions opening up," Snyder said. "That was one of the reasons we got started early in this process."

He said advertisements for the jobs already have been published, and applications will be accepted for the next three weeks.

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