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It has been a busy week for the school board, with a special meeting Tuesday, a regular session Thursday, followed by a work session later Thursday evening. The board wrapped up the current superintendent search by naming assistant superintendent Mary McLeod to the lead role in the district throughout the 2008-2009 school year, while vowing to initiate an improved search to replace Jim Anderson, who will retire in June. A total of seven applicants responded to the nationwide call for applications.“It’s not a reflection on the people (who applied),” board member Jody Benson said. “It’s not the quality but the quantity of the pool.” The board had used a 32-member screening committee and developed a matrix to help in choosing a new superintendent, and more than half of the committee attended Tuesday’s meeting to comment on the lessons learned in the search.“The overwhelming theme we heard Tuesday is this process erred in that it was probably deficient in how we sold our community,” board president Steven Girrens said.
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