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School district taking applications for new leader


The search for a new superintendent for the Grand Coulee Dam School District officially got underway Tuesday.

Applications open first for candidates from within the district and will remain open until Jan. 4, 2016.

The board has scheduled an application screening period Jan. 5–8, for members to screen any internal candidates. An interview schedule has been set for Jan. 12–13.

If no one is selected through this process, then applications will be accepted from those outside the district right after the internal applicant interviews.

The new superintendent, who will replace the current superintendent, Dr. Dennis Carlson, will begin July 1, 2016, the first day of the new school year.

Qualifications for the position include at least two years of administrative experience, with current superintendent credentials preferred. A minimum of a master’s degree in education administration is required.

The superintendent’s primary responsibilities include:

• serving as secretary to the school board and be ing responsible for the administration of the schools;

• interpreting, implementing and administering district policies and procedures;

• promoting the success of all students and the elements of a strategic plan that is supported by the staff and community;

• acting as the school board’s representative in establishing a financial accounting system and administering the school system within the budget plan; and

• maintaining effective communication and responding to the needs of the diverse community, students, parents, and board.

The board seeks a self-motivated leader, a team leader, and a sound instructional leader.

Carlson, who saw the district through the construction stage of the new school, has been in the district five years.

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