Board could pick new director for Region 9 school tonight


MEXICO – The Region 9 School of Applied Technology cooperative board may appoint a new director following a special meeting set for 7 p.m. today.

Student Services Coordinator and Assistant Director Cheryl Ellis said Monday afternoon that two of the six applicants for the position were interviewed by the screening committee early Monday morning.

After those interviews, the committee decided to hold a second interview for one of the candidates today .

If selected, that person will replace Director David Driscoll, who is retiring.

The vocational school board thought they had a new director a couple of months ago.

However, the finalist, chosen from a field of six applicants, declined the position.

Two of the applicants this time around had also applied for the position a couple of months ago.

Driscoll agreed to stay on part-time until another round of advertising and interviewing was conducted. He has been with the vocational school for about three years.

The new director will arrive as a major, $4.9 million renovation and expansion project will begin.

Planned is a doubling of vocational school space and two new programs in auto technology and early childhood development once the project is completed in about a year.

The contract for the general contractor will be awarded at 3 p.m. Aug. 2, according to Region 9 board member Craig Zurhorst of Rumford. Construction is expected to begin soon after.