•Broken Bow School Board spends week interviewing and talking with candidates for superintendent.
The Broken Bow Board of Education may have set a new record for the quickest meeting in the books Monday, as they met in a different location and different time that usual.
The only item on the agenda of note was the election of officers for the new year. Michelle Zlomke will serve another term as board president, while Tracy Popp will serve as vice president. John Evans was elected treasurer.
While the meeting may have been short, only 30 minutes to be exact, that in no way reflects how busy the board has been this week. In possibly one of the biggest decision to face this board yet, the six publicly-elected members have the task of selecting a new superintendent for the district. And everyone agrees, interim superintendent Dr. Virginia Moon has left some big shoes to fill.
The board selected four candidates to interview following a closed session meeting Jan. 10, to screen all applicants for the position, which will begin July 1, 2012. The PTA has been hosting Meet & Greet meetings in the high school’s media center throughout the week, with the public having the opportunity to meet a different candidate each evening. Following the meet and greets, each candidate was then interviewed by the board where each was asked the same series of 12 questions.
The final candidate will be at the school this evening (Thursday), and following his interview the board plans to adjourn into closed session to discuss all four candidates. President Zlomke says it is the board’s goal to make a decision that night and be able to offer a contract.
With several other schools in the state also hiring superintendent’s this year, members of the board expressed somewhat of a sense of urgency in making an offer once a candidate is selected.
“When we find someone we are all comfortable with, I believe we should move right away,” Zlomke said in Monday’s meeting.
The next regular meeting of the Broken Bow school board will be Feb. 20 in the board room. Tonight’s interview of the final superintendent candidate will begin at 5:30 p.m., and is open to the public.