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Principal candidates interview, visit Polson

POLSON — Rob Hankins, Jim Howard, Thom Peck and Tom Wissink took a look at Polson and Polson High School on Jan. 14 and 15. 

The four men were in town to interview for the position of Polson High School Principal. 

According to Polson Superintendent David Whitesell, the four candidates were winnowed out of the 23 applications received for the position.

School District #23 staff got a chance to meet and visit with Hankins and Howard on Jan. 13 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the PHS Library. Peck and Wissink got their turn on Jan. 14 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.  

Hankins is superintendent of the Sun River Valley School District in Simms. Hankins has five years experience as a high school principal and one year experience as superintendent.

Howard is currently the 7 – 12 principal at Fort Benton and has been a high school principal for seven years.

Peck is the 6 – 12 Principal in Three Forks. 

He has four years experience as high school assistant principal and eight years experience as high school principal.

The high school assistant principal in Oshkosh North High School in Oshkosh, Wis., Wissink has three years experience as high school dean of students and three years experience as high school assistant principal.

Whitesell said of the four candidates, three are principals and one is an assistant principal so the position attracted experience and expertise.  

Whitesell said he and PHS Principal Bill Appleton would work on calling references and scheduling focus groups. 

Whitesell added they would like to have a recommendation for the School District #23 Board of Trustees at their dialog meeting on Jan. 25 tentatively scheduled to be held at Polson High School at 5 p.m.

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