Community opinion sought in Delta superintendent search


Superintendent search

The focus-group meetings open to the public are:

• 7 p.m. Feb. 8 at Delta Center for Performing Arts and Education, 822 Grand Ave., Delta.

• 10 a.m. Feb. 9 at Paonia Technical College campus, 218 Fourth St., Paonia.

• 2 p.m. Feb. 9 at Cedaredge Community Center, 235 W. Main St., Cedaredge.

• 7 p.m. Feb. 9 at Hotchkiss High School, 438 Bulldog St., Hotchkiss.

The search for Delta County School District 50’s next superintendent will include a series of focus-group meetings next week.

District staff, District 50 School Board members and community members will be invited to share what leadership qualities they would like to see in a new superintendent at 10, one-hour meetings that will take place throughout the day Wednesday and Thursday.

Each session will be segregated to either community members, classified staff, certified staff, administration or School Board members.

Reservations are required to attend the sessions.

Community members interested in attending one of the four meetings for citizens can call the District 50 office at 874-4438 to make a reservation.

The Delta School Board hopes to appoint a new superintendent April 23.

Board members voted to accept current superintendent Mike McMillan’s resignation Jan. 19. McMillan will be replaced by an interim superintendent, Jerre Doss, on Feb. 10, which will be McMillan’s last day.

A consultant from the Colorado Association of School Boards, former Montrose School District Superintendent Bob Seto, will facilitate the focus-group meetings and use the information gathered at those meetings to create standards for the job.

The district will pay $12,000 plus expenses for the association to assist in the hiring process, according to District 50 Personnel co-Director Bill Carlquist. That fee is based on the size of the district and is a standard charge for the association to help with a hiring process, Carlquist said.

The district used the association before to make a hiring decision. The association helped select McMillan to become superintendent in 2005 after he served as interim superintendent.


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