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With an April 10 application deadline, Jefferson County Public Schools is one step closer to hiring its next superintendent.The Board of Education hired Ray & Associates earlier this year to conduct the district’s superintendent search. During March and early April, Ray & Associates team members have been recruiting candidates.The board will meet in an executive session April 20 with Ray & Associates to screen candidates. Before that meeting, Ray & Associates will prescreen candidates and present 10 to 12 to the board, Chief Human Resources Officer Amy Weber told the board April 6, in a study session.Weber, who is with the district, brought up the concern of community members’ involvement in the process. She told the board that because the district wants to ensure the deepest pool of candidates, with the most experience, it calls for a confidential process.“Those individuals are not going to jeopardize their current job with exploring this option with us,” Weber said.Board member Brad Rupert reiterated the importance of keeping the process private.“Our first priority is to have the best pool of candidates we can have,” he said. “And because confidentiality is a big part of attracting these people, that really prohibits us from having a great deal of public engagement.”Keeping the list of finalist confidential would seem to violate Colorado’s open meetings law that says: “The state or local public body shall make public the list of all finalists under consideration for the position of chief executive officerBoard President Ron Mitchell said that while the board has a commitment to the candidates’ confidentiality, they also have a commitment to the community.“We will do our best to keep the community informed every step of the way when it’s appropriate,” Mitchell said.
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