Finalists picked for Delta 50J superintendent

Delta County School District 50J named three finalists Friday for the district’s highest post.

Twenty people applied for the position. Former superintendent Mike McMillan resigned as Delta’s superintendent in January after attempts to foster a smooth working relationship between McMillan and school board members failed. Jerre Doss is serving as the district’s interim superintendent until the position is filled July 1.

Doss’s son, Corey Doss, is among the three finalists for the job. Corey Doss, who student-taught in Delta 50J while he was in college, is superintendent of schools for Mountain Valley School District in Saguache. He has 10 years of administrative experience and two years of teaching experience and earned a master’s in educational leadership from Adams State College. Corey Doss previously served as an elementary school principal in Parachute.

Redlands Middle School Principal Kelly Reed also is a finalist to lead Delta schools. Before becoming a principal in School District 51, Reed was a superintendent for South Routt School District RE-3 in Oak Creek and for Monte Vista School District in Monte Vista.

He has 17 years of administrative experience and eight years of teaching experience and earned a master’s in secondary education from Adams State College.

The only out-of-state finalist is Jeff Perry, superintendent of schools in Wise, Va. He has a doctorate in educational administration from Virginia Tech. Perry has four years of teaching experience and earned part of his 20 years of administrative experience as a superintendent in Byers School District 32-J in Byers and West Grand School District 1-Jt in Kremmling.

The finalists will tour District 50 and have dinner with the school board April 20, then interview with the board and two selection committees April 21 and attend an open house at 6 p.m. that day at the Delta Center for Performing Arts and Education, 822 Grand Ave. All community members are welcome to attend the open house.

The superintendent selection committees will consist of community members and District 50 employees. The deadline to apply to serve on the committees has passed. The school board will select who will serve on the committees Wednesday and notify the 24 committee members by email that day.

The board will use its own interview with the candidates and information from the selection committees to determine which finalist will get a job offer. The board expects to make that decision in mid-May.


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