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School eyes superintendent candidate

Three trustees from the Nevada City Elementary School District traveled to Tehama County on Friday, interviewing associates and colleagues of superintendent candidate Roger Steele.

Steele is the current superintendent-principal of the Gerber Union Elementary School District, a 510-student K-8 school in Gerber, 107 miles northwest of Nevada City.

Steele, 54, said he’s interested in the position but would not confirm he’d taken the job when contacted by The Union Friday.



“It’s a great place, in an excellent city,” he said. “I’m very interested, and we’re just taking a look at things right now.”

Steele has been an educator since 1975 and has served as principal in the Chico Unified School District in the past.




Paula Campbell, president of the board of trustees for the Nevada City School District, said the board may hire a replacement for departed superintendent John Halverson next week. She said three trustees visited Gerber but declined further comment.

Holly Hermansen, who served as principal at Gold Run School and the district’s special education coordinator, has served as interim superintendent since Halverson left for the Sylvan Unified School District in suburban Modesto before the 2003-04 school year. A committee of nine, as well as the board of trustees, whittled a 35-candidate pool to a select few, who were interviewed last weekend.

The school district also paid the California School Boards Association $7,000 to conduct the search and identify candidates for the $105,000 job.

The new superintendent is expected to take the helm of the 1,421-student Nevada City Elementary district July 1.


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