CCSD Superintendent chosen

On Wednesday, September 29, 2010, the Clark County School District Board of Trustees met to decide which of the two finalists to offer the job of CCSD Superintendent.

After Lee County School District Superintendent of Florida, James Browder, dropped out of the running, the two final candidates were interviewed for the position on September 22 and 23. The finalists included the Colorado Education Commissioner Dwight Jones, and Dallas, Texas Superintendent Michael Hinojosa.

Two of the School Board Trustees, Linda Young and Deanna Wright, visited Texas and Colorado to further vet the candidates to ensure that CCSD had the best possible superintendent candidates.

In a six to one vote, the trustees chose to offer Jones the position of CCSD Superintendent. Only School Board Trustee Linda Young voted “no” for Jones, because she wished to ask more questions and felt the process was too rushed.

“Hopefully, this will be a good step in the right direction,” commented science teacher Timothy Vankirk.

Jones has been Colorado’s Education Commissioner since June of 2007 and many are hopeful that he will help CCSD, the fifth largest school district in America, out of its struggles and rise to the occasion.

If he accepts the position, he will replace Dr. Walt Rulffes as the new superintendent.

“I can’t wait to see what he can do and I am excited that there might be some fresh new changes,” comments junior Ashlyn Robinson.