Bow schools hire new leader

Mark Sievering has accepted the position of Superintendent at Broken Bow Public Schools, following a second round of interviews in the district last week. The contract with Sievering was expected to be finalized this week. Sievering has been the superintendent at Conestoga Public Schools in southeast Nebraska since 2003. He has also been a superintendent at Franklin Public Schools and was the superintendent/principal at Arthur County High School in Arthur. The field of candidates for the position had been narrowed to two, following a week of interviews Jan. 16-19. Those two then returned to Broken Bow for a special meeting with the school board Jan. 25. In that interview meeting, which was open to the public, Sievering referred to himself as someone who likes to have fun and be light-hearted whenever possible. “I have learned you can have fun doing serious work,” he said. Several people attended the interview session, including a number of BBPS teachers as well as members of the local PTA. During his interview, Sievering talked about the importance of listening to the staff, and to the community, to determine the priorities of the district. “What it really comes down to is, what’s best for the students. Priorities should be set based on that underlying principal,” said Sievering. He also addressed the issue of technology in schools, which he says is an on-going expenditure given the fact that it is constantly changing. “It is something the district needs to budget for constantly.” Sievering says when he arrived at Conestoga Schools nine years ago, the district was $1 million in debt. His goal was to get out of debt, and hopefully put some money in the bank. He said while the district will not have money to spare when he leaves in June, they will be about even. Sievering will begin his position with Broken Bow Schools July 1, 2012.