Field of 12 superintendent applicants narrowed to four
On-site interviews with finalists being held
By Jan Schultz
The Imperial Republican
Administrators now working at schools in Tryon, Litchfield, Broken Bow and Niobrara are interviewing this week for the Chase County Schools superintendent position.
The CCS board of education is looking to replace Supt. Brad Schoeppey, who resigned the position effective in June.
Interviews were scheduled on-site at the school Wednesday and Thursday this week. Two finalist interviews were scheduled each day.
The finalists include:
Joseph Lefdal, PK-12 superintendent at Santee Community Schools in Niobrara.
Joe Sherwood, superintendent and elementary principal at McPherson County Schools in Tryon.
Mark Sievering, superintendent at Broken Bow Public Schools.
Jeffery M. Smith, assistant superintendent at Litchfield Public Schools.
Smith and Sherwood were scheduled for Wednesday’s interviews, while Sievering and Lefdal will be interviewed today (Thursday).
After a tour of the school and community, the finalists will undergo a series of one-hour separate interviews with representatives of the certificated staff (teachers), classified staff/community and administrators. Each session then concludes with an hour and a half formal interview with the board of education.
School Board President Jeff Olsen said 12 applications were received for the job. Those were narrowed to the four finalists at a special board meeting Saturday.
Much of the two days of interviews are open to the public, Olsen said. However, the board expects to meet in closed session, as well, after their formal interviews.
A new superintendent could be hired as soon as later this week, Olsen said.
The board is using the search team services of the Nebraska Association of School Boards in filling the position.
The 2014-15 school year marks Supt. Schoeppey’s third year at CCS.