Quantcast
Get breaking news alerts via email

Click here to manage your alerts
Committee to look for Utah new superintendent
First Published Apr 04 2014 05:11 pm • Last Updated Apr 04 2014 08:47 pm

A committee of the Utah Board of Education will chart the course for selecting the next superintendent of public instruction.

Superintendent Martell Menlove, 62, surprised the board last week with the announcement that he is retiring after less than two years on the job.

Join the Discussion
Post a Comment

Menlove said he had not anticipated the amount of stress the job would involve when he moved up from deputy superintendent in late 2012. The previous superintendent, Larry Shumway, was in the job three years.

There was little discussion at Friday’s board meeting, and none about the fact the job has had a revolving door in recent years. That’s typical for the top educator’s job in other states, as well.

Chairman David Crandall said the search committee will decide all details about the search, including the timing. He accepted nine volunteers from among board members: Jennifer Johnson, Debra Roberts, Kim Burningham, Leslie Castle, Barbara Corry, Dave Thomas, Dan Griffiths, Jefferson Moss and Freddie Cooper.

Crandall said last week that he hopes to have a new superintendent picked by late summer.

Roberts recalled that it was helpful during a previous search in the 1990s to have a consultant travel the state, meeting with stakeholders to learn what they want to see in a superintendent.

Member Keith Buswell suggested the board take up the Utah School Superintendents Association’s offer to help with the search.

In 2012, four lawmakers criticized the board’s superintendent search process, saying it "flies in the face of representative government" by rushing a decision.

Shumway announced his retirement in September that year, and within a week a search committee was saying it wanted to name his replacement in October.


story continues below
story continues below

The board wanted the superintendent in place in time to gear up for the typically grueling legislative session, Roberts, then the board chairwoman, said at the time.

kmoulton@sltrib.com

Twitter: @KristenMoulton



Copyright 2014 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Top Reader Comments Read All Comments Post a Comment
Click here to read all comments   Click here to post a comment


About Reader Comments


Reader comments on sltrib.com are the opinions of the writer, not The Salt Lake Tribune. We will delete comments containing obscenities, personal attacks and inappropriate or offensive remarks. Flagrant or repeat violators will be banned. If you see an objectionable comment, please alert us by clicking the arrow on the upper right side of the comment and selecting "Flag comment as inappropriate". If you've recently registered with Disqus or aren't seeing your comments immediately, you may need to verify your email address. To do so, visit disqus.com/account.
See more about comments here.
Staying Connected
Videos
Jobs
Contests and Promotions
  • Search Obituaries
  • Place an Obituary

  • Search Cars
  • Search Homes
  • Search Jobs
  • Search Marketplace
  • Search Legal Notices

  • Other Services
  • Advertise With Us
  • Subscribe to the Newspaper
  • Access your e-Edition
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Contact a newsroom staff member
  • Access the Trib Archives
  • Privacy Policy
  • Missing your paper? Need to place your paper on vacation hold? For this and any other subscription related needs, click here or call 801.204.6100.