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New SHS principal should be hired in June

Look for a flurry of hiring activity within the Somerset School District in June.

The school district administration hopes to have a new high school principal, new high school guidance counselor and three teaching vacancies caused by recent retirements filled by the June 21 Somerset Board of Education meeting.

The application period for candidates for the new high school principal will close this Friday. New district administrator Randy Rosburg, the former high school principal, began working on Monday to narrow down the candidate list. With a week left in the filing period, the district had already received 32 applications.

When the filing period is complete, Rosburg will finish scouring the applications, narrowing the group down to the top four to six candidates. Interviews with those candidates have been tentatively scheduled for June 1.

Those candidates will have leader-perceiver surveys administered to them. This survey, administered by the Gallup Corporation, will "help find the best candidate to match the culture here," Rosburg said.

The 10-member interview panel will then narrow the group to two finalists. Rosburg will then hold one-on-one interviews with those two finalists.

Rosburg said there are a number of qualities the district is seeking in the new principal. Among them are high school experience, someone well rounded who will be actively involved in the school district and the community.

The three current teaching vacancies are at the middle school. Teachers Jeff Crisp and Sandy Wells retired, and middle school teacher Dennis Potter is transferring to the high school to fill the vacancy caused by the retirement of Gene Barno.

There will be a new high school guidance counseling staff with the retirement of Kaye Ommen. Two people will be hired, with the school board deciding this week to create a second half-time guidance position for the high school.

Dave Newman
Dave Newman has been the sports editor at the New Richmond News since 1988. He has covered the action in the Middle Border Conference, Dunn-St. Croix Conference and Big Rivers Conference for nearly 30 years.
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