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Two finalists announced for Montezuma-Cortez RE-1 School District's interim superintendent

MCSD RE-1 Special Board Meeting - 02/15/2022
MCSD RE-1 School Board conducting a special meeting on the finalists for the open Interim Superintendent position.

The Montezuma-Cortez School District RE-1 Board of Education has two finalists for the district’s interim Superintendent position: Dr. Ember Conley and Harry Jay Tom Burrus.

According to the school board, these finalists are the only two submitted applicants that have superintendent experience – which the board says is important. Sherri Wright, current vice president of the school board.

“To be very honest, you are so important in your position now," says Wright.

According to Conley's resume on LinkedIn, she first served as a superintendent of public schools in Park City, Utah for about four years. And then in Mesa, Arizona for almost two years until 2020.

On Burris’s LinkedIn resume, he lists that he has been the superintendent in Roswell, New Mexico for almost ten years.

Information on each candidate will be available to the public. And the final choice will be announced March 1st, during a scheduled school board work session.

This comes after former Superintendent Dr. Risha Vanderwey resigned last month due to “philosophical differences of short and long term goals” that arose between her and the board. She was on the job for less than a year.

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