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The Castle Rock School Board has invited three superintendent candidates to tour the school district, meet with local officials and answer questions at a community forum open to parents and residents.

The board is considering Ryan Greene, current principal for Castle Rock High School; Monte Thacker, current principal for Dillingham Middle/High School in Dillingham, Alaska; and Jill Diehl, current director of student services for Longview School District.

The school board received five applications for the positions, but “narrowed it down” to the top three candidates, said board chair Andy Ogden.

“We went with overall credentials and their background and history on where they have been,” Ogden said. “We saw certain things that put them a little further ahead of the (applicants) we didn’t choose.”

The board is looking to replace Jim Mabbott, who is retiring as superintendent at the end of the current school year. The candidates will visit Feb. 19-21.

Each candidate will spend a full day in the district, followed by a public community forum from 5-6 p.m. in the Castle Rock Elementary School Library (700 Huntington Avenue. S.). The visit date for each candidate is as follows:

  • Feb. 19 — Greene
  • Feb. 20 — Thacker
  • Feb. 21 — Diehl

The forums provide community members with the opportunity to meet each candidate, as well as offer remarks about the candidate to the board.

“It will be nice to see what the feedback is,” Ogden said. “We have pretty high hopes for all of them, really. … We really think one of these three will be our person.”

The goal is to select a successor for Mabbott at the next regular board meeting on Feb. 26, Ogden said.

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