Cody School District May Announce Next Superintendent This Week
Written by Andrew-Rossi on January 25, 2022
By the end of this week, the Park County School District #6 Board of Trustees hopes to introduce the next superintendent of the Cody school district.
The agenda for the next three meetings of the Park County School District #6 Board of Trustees in Cody look similar. The Pledge of Allegiance, a roll call, approval of the agenda, and an executive session before adjournment.
Given the circumstances, the reason for the three days of executive sessions is easy to surmise. Finally, after months of searching, the district is ready to select its next superintendent.
If all goes according to plan, the next superintendent of Cody schools will be offered the position as early as Friday, Jan. 28.
“The kickoff” for the national search for the superintendent began with an open forum meeting in late September. Moderators asked pointed questions to help determine the wants and hopes of the Cody community and their next school leader.
McPherson and Jacobson L.L.C., an executive recruitment and development company, was hired by the Board of Trustees to search for the best candidate nationwide. The meeting the company facilitated was followed by the creation of a thorough job description, addressing all the needs and wants of Cody schools.
The job officially opened to applicants the first week of October. The Board interviewed final candidates earlier this month.
The decision now lies in the hands of the Board of Trustees, which will meet every day this week as the search concludes.
In September, the board anticipated hiring and announcing the next superintendent of Park County School District #6 by the third week of January. However, the Board may announce the decision within a week of the original target.
This will be the fourth superintendent of Park County School District #6 in the past three years.
The sudden departure of Raymond Schulte just over two years ago – Jan. 21, 2020 – was followed by the appointment of Peg Monteith as Interim Superintendent later that month. Then, on July 23, 2021, Monteith suddenly resigned.
Seven days later, Assistant Superintendent Tim Foley – who served under Schulte and Monteith – was named the next Interim Superintendent. Foley will continue to serve in that role until the end of the 2021-2022 school year.
While Schulte was removed, his contract is still being honored. The contract ends at the end of the current school year. That will leave the field – and the budget – clear for the new superintendent.
None of the meetings will be entirely open to the public. Executive sessions are confidential, and the content not recorded in the meeting minutes.