The Roland-Story School District is nearing the completion process for finding our new Superintendent of schools, as the school board and the search committee are set to reduce the candidate list down to five finalists this Friday, Jan. 17. Either that evening or the following morning (Jan. 18) the five final candidates will then be contacted to set up interviews. The interviews are scheduled to take place on Thursday, Jan. 30, Monday, Feb. 3, Tuesday, Feb. 4, Wednesday, Feb. 5 and Thursday, Feb. 6. The school board will then select the next Roland-Story Superintendent on the night of February 10 at their regular board meeting.

A school board sub-committee met last Friday, Jan. 10, to select 10 viable candidates from the nearly 40 applications received by the district. The application deadline was January 3. The sub-committee included board members Boyd Brodie and Mike Retallick, as well as Superintendent Mike Billings and volunteer human resources consultant Jeff Staton. The 10 semifinalists were also discussed and reviewed in closed session at the regular board meeting held on Monday, Jan. 13.

The community is also invited to attend receptions that are planned for each candidate on Jan. 30 and Feb. 3-6. Each evening, prior to the scheduled interview session, the board will host a short reception in the commons area at the high school from 6:30 to 7:15 p.m.