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Interview process begins for new WCSD superintendent
by Garrett Valenzuela
Jun 18, 2012 | 1184 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
RENO — The race for a new Washoe County School District Superintendent has moved into the interview phase now that the search committee has finished collecting data from public surveys and town hall meetings.

Jim Huge, the head of the search committee, spoke to the Board of Trustees Tuesday to update the board on the search.

“We have concluded all the town hall meetings with the final one at Incline High School and we have collected 767 online surveys from the community,” Huge said. He was pleased with the results of the online surveys and said 767 was a “good return.”

Huge and his team, Jim Huge & Associates, have received between 18 and 25 applications from candidates that Huge feels best match the characteristics and qualities expressed by the board and by the public.

During the weekend, the board was able to review the candidates Huge has collected in notebooks designed to prepare the board for their interview process, which Huge said will be a rigorous one.

“All the interviews will be recorded on video, whether they are done in front of (the board) or in a separate room,” Huge said. “They will be seeing multiple candidates each day, which may seem exhaustive but it is the best way to see the best candidates in a short time period.”

Huge explained the work session process as follows: candidate A will have an extensive interview with the board inside the board room while candidate B conducts a brief five-minute interview on camera in another room. Then, the candidates will switch positions and again conduct interviews. When candidates A and B have finished, candidates C and D will begin and the process will go on until all candidates have fulfilled both interviews.

The Board of Trustees will conduct these work sessions with candidates today and Tuesday beginning at 7 a.m. and will present their list of finalists to the public at town hall meetings June 26, 27 and 28 at the National Automobile Museum in Reno. Current superintendent Heath Morrison has given the Board of Trustees notice of his official resignation effective June 30.

The board will continue to give updates on the superintendent search through their online newsletter at www.washoe.k12.nv.us and through Twitter at the hash tag #WCSDsupt.
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