District 1: First Steps in Superintendent Search

District 1 Superintendent Sue Belish
District 1 Superintendent Sue Belish

At Tuesday's Sheridan County School District 1 Board of Trustees meeting, trustees voted unanimously to spend $6,500 to the Wyoming School Board Association to enter into an agreement to establish a search committee to find a replacement for Superintendent Sue Belish after her retirement next year. Belish comments.

Belish says that having an impartial third party assist in this process is smart.

The tentative timeline for the process: October or November, they will develop the job description and profile; In either late December or early January the position will be advertised and closed; in late January, applicants will be screened and interviewed; and in February they hope to hire the new District 1 superintendent.

Also from Tuesday's meeting: Trustees voted to make a $500 donation to the Bradford Brinton Memorial as a thanks for the museum storing the murals from the old Big Horn Elementary School in a climate-safe facility.

They voted on first reading to approve several policies related to student absences and various Employee Leave Banks. Trustees also heard from and voted to consider a request by Scott and Rachel Schroder, who would like to apply for a 2-year leave of absence / sabbatical to teach abroad in a Department of Defense school. Trustees will make their decision by the September board meeting.

Trustees voted to approved hiring Shane Ogle for a custodial position with Big Horn High School. Recommendations are still needed for a Technician position on the Big Horn campus, as well as some coaching positions.

And finishing touches are being done by contractors on the new Big Horn High School / Middle School, with the technology department putting computers in labs and on teacher's desks this week. The field should be complete in mid-September and track complete in mid-October.

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