20 apply for Delta Schools top job

Twenty people have applied to become Delta County School District 50J’s next superintendent.

Applications for the vacant superintendent post were due by 3 p.m. Thursday to the Colorado Association of School Boards, which is helping the district in its superintendent search. Delta 50 School and Community Relations Director Bill Carlquist said the association told the district none of the candidates live in Delta.

Interviews for the position will take place April 20–21. The district is accepting applications through March 26 from district staff and Delta School District residents to serve on a selection committee. Two teams of eight people will interview superintendent candidates as part of the committee. School Board members will interview the job applicants separately from the committee. Board members are expected to offer a job to one of the 20 candidates by the end of this school year and base their decision on notes from the selection committee combined with their own impressions of the candidates.

The new superintendent is scheduled to start work July 1. The district is offering a salary of $105,000 plus benefits.

Former Superintendent Mike McMillan, who resigned in January, reportedly at the request of School Board members, earned $124,000. He earned a year’s salary plus more than $6,000 in unused vacation as a condition of his resignation, according to McMillan.

Carlquist said Jerre Doss, who is serving as the district’s interim superintendent, is making $10,370 a month until the new superintendent starts work.

A brochure designed by the Colorado Association of School Boards describes the school district, the Delta community and qualifications desired in a superintendent. The ideal candidate, according to the brochure, is an excellent listener, a person of integrity and a collaborative team builder, with experience in curriculum development, problem-solving and Colorado’s school-finance system.

A previous complaint some school board members had about McMillan is alluded to in the application process, where candidates are asked to “describe the ideal relationship between a superintendent and the board of education.” Board members and McMillan met once in December and once in January in closed-door sessions to work on their relationship and views of each other’s roles.

Once the board selects finalists for the superintendent post, they will have to notify the public and wait 14 days to officially make a job offer, in accordance with state law.


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