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Hayden announces superintendent finalists

Editor’s note: This story has been updated the correct the date for the meet and greet.

Two finalists have been selected to interview to be Hayden School District’s next superintendent.

The two finalists are Christy Bloomquist, of Durango, and Lance Northey, of Hibbing, Minnesota.

Members of the public can view the applications from the applicants through March 24 at the school district offices. Comment forms will also be available.

The community is encouraged to meet the candidates from 4:30 to 6 p.m. March 16 in the secondary school cafeteria.

The candidates will be interviewed by school board members at 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. March 17. The school board will then meet at 1 p.m. to review the candidates.

Bloomquist holds a doctorate in curriculum and instruction from Utah State University and has 24 years in public education.

She is currently a data specialist for the Durango School District.

Also in Durango she held the position of director of curriculum, instruction and assessment and was the executive director of student achievement.

“Sustaining quality staff, maintaining positive staff morale, providing instructional support and professional development, and cascading communication with all district stakeholders are all key components needed for a district to continue to thrive and provide the highest quality education for its most valued resource — the students,” Bloomquist wrote in her application.

Northey expects to receive his doctorate in educational leadership and service in June from Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Up until November 2016, Northey was superintendent for the Nashwauk-Keewatin School District in Nashwauk, Minnesota. He left to complete his doctorate.

He also has held the position of superintendent in Fisher, Minnesota, and was a high school principal.

“My most significant accomplishments resulted in a learning system and organization that placed emphasis on student achievement and financial accountability,” Northey wrote in his application. “These accomplishments exemplify what my colleagues and I achieved together. My staff and I believe that inspiring dreams, encouraging professional growth, restoring critical thinking skills, and improving the quality of students’ lives are our organization’s true successes.”

The new superintendent will replace Phil Kasper, who is retiring.

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