With a vote of approval from the Box Elder School Board, Darin Nielsen was named the district’s new assistant superintendent over curriculum and instruction.
Nielsen will take over for outgoing assistant superintendent, Mary Kay Kirkland, who will be leaving July 1.
Nielsen came to the district in 1996, from Teton High School in Driggs, Idaho, where he served one year as a school counselor. Locally he has been a school counselor, a principal at Bunderson Elementary School, the secondary curriculum/CTE specialist and the information technology director. Nielsen is currently serving as the director of assessment and professional development.
The newly appointed administrator attended Utah State University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology, a master’s degree in school counseling and an administrative certificate.
In approving the appointment, several board members applauded Nielsen’s contributions to both students and staff in the past and express their confidences in his ability to take on the new assignment.
The board is also ready to start looking for a new superintendent, with the retirement of Ron Wolff, and reviewed a brochure available for prospective candidates. Application deadline is April 10. Interviews will begin by April 23.
As public input into the screening process is vital to the process, a committee of approximately 25 people, including community members and staff, will join the members of the board to review possible candidates before the interviews begin. A new superintendent should be on board before the end of the school year.
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