Super search winding down

By David Irvin: FREEDOM NEWSPAPER

Clovis Municipal Schools have scheduled a special board meeting for April 21 to discuss the five superintendent finalists and, hopefully, come to a consensus, Board President Terry Martin said on Monday.

Board members are finishing their interviews with the candidates this week.

“I am impressed with each one that we have chosen, and I believe each one brings an individual quality, which is unique from the other ones,” Martin said. “It is going to be very hard to choose the superintendent.”

Martin said the April 21 meeting will be open to the public, but discussions about the individual candidates will happen in a closed executive session.

Last week, the board met with candidates David Briseno, Ladona Clayton and Andy Sweet. On Monday, it met with
Tucumcari Superintendent Bill Reents. It’s scheduled to meet with Rhonda Seidenwurm of Las Cruces on Wednesday.

All five candidates are scheduled to go before two different boards on Thursday. They will meet with the district’s administrative council and planning committee.

After that it will be up to the board of education to take all input on each candidate — from their resumes and interviews — to arrive at a final decision on who will ultimately be the lead administrator for Clovis schools.
Seidenwurm is also a finalist for the superintendent position at Los Lunas schools. She is currently the deputy superintendent of instruction for Las Cruces public schools.

According to the Los Lunas school district Web site, the board of education conducted its superintendent interviews Friday and Saturday.

Art Castillo of the Los Lunas Board of Education said they will also be holding a special meeting April 21 to discuss their candidates.

Reents had been a finalist for the Los Lunas position, but dropped his candidacy there last week. A report that Reents had also asked to be removed from consideration in Clovis was incorrect.

Clovis schools began seeking a new superintendent after the former top manager, Neil Nuttall, resigned in December to take a job at a Missouri junior college.

G.C. Ross, interim superintendent for Clovis schools, is scheduled to step down in June.