Editor’s note: The print version of this story in the April 23 edition did not include the final candidate, Cheryl Cook. She had not been identified at the time this week’s paper went to press.
ARGONIA – The USD 359 Argonia Board of Education conducted interviews earlier this week in its search for a new superintendent.
Three interviews were scheduled on consecutive days, starting on Monday. Each candidate was announced on the morning of his or her interview.
Monday’s candidate was Tige Stone, who is currently principal at Colwich Elementary School in the Renwick School District. Stone has been the Colwich principal for six year. He previously served as assistant principal and athletic director for three years at Council Grove High School, and was the district athletic director for the Arkansas City district for three years.
Tuesday’s candidate was Rustin Clark, mathematics teacher in the South Haven School District. He is in his second year South Haven. Rustin previously was superintendent at Billings Public Schools, a position he held for five years.
Wednesday’s candidate was Cheryl Cook, the superintendent and principal for pre-kindergarten through 12th grade at USD 468 in Healy. She is finishing her third year in that role. Cook previously served as high school principal at USD 492 Flinthills, and superintendent for USD 421 Lyndon.
Each candidate interview began with a meeting with current superintendent Dr. Julie McPherron and board clerk Christy Gonzales. A tour of district facilities and the community was held, followed by dinner with board of education members. A formal interview with the BOE concluded each candidate’s visit.
McPherron turned in her resignation to become assistant superintendent in the Rose Hill School District. The BOE previously announced the hiring of Luke Greenwood as the new principal for Argonia Junior-Senior High School.