Search for new superintendent to stay on schedule

A nationwide post for the position of Blackfoot School District superintendent expired on Jan. 17 and plans to hire a new superintendent for the district will move forward, despite the ongoing distraction of the "Crane payout" debacle.
While the board is behind on their original plan to have a new superintendent selected by Feb. 1, 2013, the district's interim superintendent Chad Struhs said they hope to have a person selected for the position by March 1, with the plan of having the new hire officially on board by July..
Struhs, who has been filling the role of superintendent since former superintendent Scott Crane left the district in June, is one who has applied for the position. He said that he is excited about the prospect of becoming the district's permanent superintendent but that he will have to go through the proper interview process along with the other candidates.
"I know that we've had several inquiries about the position but I don't know the exact number of candidates that have applied for the job," Struhs said.
It will be the ultimate role of the school board to make the final hiring decision of the new superintendent.
The Morning News attempted to reach board chairman Scott Reese for more details on the hiring of a new superintendent; however, he did not return the call.