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School chief search narrows

The search for the next superintendent of Nevada City’s elementary schools could be wrapped up by the end of the week.

The Nevada City Elementary School District board of trustees and a nine-member advisory board spent part of last week and the weekend interviewing candidates for the $105,000 job and are planning a site visit Friday to the home district of the final candidate, said board president Paula Campbell.

She did not identify the final candidate, nor did she provide a list of the initial pool of candidates for the position, left vacant when John Halverson left Nevada City for the superintendent’s position at the Sylvan Union School District in Modesto.



Of the 35 potential candidates, background checks and phone interviews were conducted by the California School Boards Association for 13 candidates, which were then whittled down to five, who were interviewed by a nine-member advisory board. By Sunday, the school board interviewed two candidates for the position.

The district paid CSBA a fee for providing services.




Holly Hermansen, who served as principal of Gold Run School and was the district’s special education coordinator before taking the superintendent’s job on an interim basis, is not a candidate for the permanent position.

The new superintendent of the 1,450-student district is expected to start July 1.


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