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Gering School Board to interview four candidates
January 25, 2013 Jerry Purvis   

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The Gering School Board, with assistance from the Nebraska Association of School Boards, has identified four finalists to interview for the district’s new superintendent.
Don Hague, who has served as superintendent for the past 10+ years, announced his retirement last year to give the district time to find a replacement.

Robert Todd Porter is currently the superintendent/elementary principal in the Wallace Schools. He earned his Education Specialist degree in 2007 from the University of Nebraska – Kearney.
Travis Miller is currently Superintendent of the Bayard Public Schools. He also served four years as the K-12 principal for Banner County Schools. A native of western Nebraska, Miller received his Master of Education degree in 2005 from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln.

Another candidate is Troy Unzicker, who has been Superintendent of Kimball Public Schools since 2006. While there, he directed a $2 million building project for the school. He also has experience as secondary principal in the Mitchell Schools. He recently completed his doctorate program through the University of Nebraska – Lincoln.
Bob Hastings has 19 years of experience in education, including 12 years as both a district administrator and principal in the Norfolk School System. He’s also served seven years as a principal and teacher in the Scottsbluff Schools. He is currently Director of Teaching and Learning in the Norfolk Schools and received his Educational Specialist degree from Wayne State College.

The four candidates were chosen because they all had administrative experience and had the communications and budget skills the board was looking for. Candidate interviews are ongoing this week.
Mike Brunner, president of the Gering School Board, said he hopes it will be a tough decision. “All the candidates are from Nebraska and they have some great credentials. But I’m confident we’ll be able to offer a contract and negotiate everything the last week of January.”

The school board will confirm their selection at the next regular meeting on Feb. 18.
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