Superintendent candidates all have local ties
Interviews of four candidates to be held Saturday, Dec. 7
By Tim Linscott
It may be a bit of a homecoming for some candidates for Perkins County Superintendent. All candidates for the position have worked in the district before.
Four candidates will be interviewed Saturday, Dec. 7 at Perkins County High School from 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. by five different panels.
The candidates include both principals at the elementary and high school in Perkins County, Terry Prante and Dean Friedel, respectively. Phillip Piquet, former high school principal at PCS, has also thrown his hat into the mix. Piquet is currently the principal at Doniphan-Trumbull.
Mike McArtor, the current Ogallala High School counselor, is the final candidate. McArtor served as counselor at PCS prior to his stint in Ogallala.
The panels will interview each candidate for 45 minutes with a rotation to a new panel at the end of each session.
The panels are made up of the school board, an employee group, a community group, a student group and the assistant principals (Carlie Wells, Nicole Long) and Jim Glenn, maintenance supervisor for the district.
Each committee member will fill out a ‘pros and cons’ list on each candidate and those forms will help the school board formulate a decision.
School board members hope to decide on a final candidate by the December school board meeting and offer the position at that time. A contract will be hopefully finalized by the January board meeting.
The candidate chosen will start July 1, 2014.
Twelve applications were received with four additional inquiries made about the position.
William Hakonson is currently the interim superintendent and felt the candidates chosen for final interviews are top people in their fields.
“I am very comfortable with the committees interviewing these people,” Hakonson said. “Quality candidates to choose from.”