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Blaine County School District Begins Superintendent Search Process

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By Andrew Reed

Hailey, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) At the regular monthly meeting of the Blaine County School District Board of Trustees this week, the Board announced plans for the Superintendent search process. “We want an inclusive, professional, transparent search that attracts the best candidates from across the state and country,” said Board Chairman Paul Bates.

To that end, the Board will solicit proposals from executive search firms and, with community input, hire an executive search firm to manage the Superintendent search. “As a Board we are committed to bringing the best and most qualified candidates to our school district. We feel unanimously that the process we have developed will give us that outcome,” said Chairman Bates.

As part of the inclusive process, there are three major opportunities for the public to be involved: 1) during the selection of an executive search firm in an open Board meeting, 2) identifying characteristics of a future Superintendent and attributes of the community in order to attract qualified candidates, and 3) in the final selection process of Superintendent candidates.

Requests for proposals from executive search firms will go out the week of Monday, November 18 and will be available on the Finance page of the Blaine County School District website.
On Wednesday, December 4 at 4:00 p.m. at the District office, the Board will hold a closed executive meeting to review the responses to the request for proposals and choose 3-5 finalists.

On Thursday, December 12 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at the Minnie Moore room at the Community Campus, the Board will interview the final search firms in an open meeting and solicit feedback from the public. Afterwards, in a closed executive meeting, the Board will select a search firm to conduct the Superintendent search.

“Hiring a Superintendent is one of the most important responsibilities of the Board of Trustees; leadership is critical to our future success,” said Trustee and Vice Chairman Shawn Bennion. “This position needs to reflect the desires of all our stakeholders which is why public involvement is crucial during the search process. Please join us and get involved” Bennion concluded.

Timelines and announcements for further public input will be posted on www.blaineschools.org as well as through www.facebook/blaineschools and media announcements.
For more on the Blaine County School District, go to www.blaineschools.org


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