Committee rejects superintendent applicants

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By Carol A. Clark

JEROME>>> STUDENT ACHIEVEMENTS Board of Education members enjoy checking out a scrap book of memories created by student council members at Los Alamos High School and presented to the board by student representatives Caroline Wurden and Benigno Sandoval at Tuesday's school board meeting in the LAHS Speech Theater. From left, Ken Johnson, Joan Ahlers, Alison Beckman, Jody Benson and Steve Girrens.

Assistant Superintendent Mary McLeod told school board members Tuesday evening that the screening committee rejects all seven applications seeking to replace Superintendent James Anderson who retires in June.

None of the seven applicants scored high enough in the committee's rating system. "It was unanimous not to advance any of the candidates," McLeod said, adding that 32 committee members were included in that voted.

The screening committee wants to debrief the board about the process and to discuss their thoughts on why the district received so few applicants for the top job. The board decided the public should be present and tentatively scheduled a special meeting for 6:30 p.m. March 25 at the Speech Theater. The board will review applicant information between now and then. They will ultimately decide whether to pursue any of them further or to move into an interim management situation and begin the search process again next year.

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