Recommendation made for new SR superintendent

Position begins with the 2020-2021 school year

BEAVER TOWNSHIP–A superintendent hire beginning the 2020-2021 school year will be on the agenda of the South Range school board Monday.

Board President Corey Yoakam issued a statement Tuesday stating Bethany Carlson will be on the agenda as the candidate to replace current schools Superintendent Dennis Dunham, who will be retiring after the upcoming school year. Carlson is the elementary principal at Struthers City Schools.

Yoakam said although Carlson will be on the agenda, no decision has been made yet regarding her hire, which is a recommendation based on the interview process.

“The school board has turned over every stone in a very thorough and deliberate search which included contacting over 30 references, countless hours of discussion, and over seven hours of interviews,” he explained. “The second interview included a community panel that was assembled with residents from both Beaver and Green townships that represented different sectors of our diverse community.”

Yoakam said the approved candidate’s contract will officially start on Aug. 1, 2020, however, they will start familiarizing themselves with the board, current administration and the community as the year progresses.

The board started with 14 applicants before conducting interviews with four and then two candidates.

Yoakam has said in the past the board started the process to replace Dunham early in order to hire the best candidate available instead of waiting for later in the year when many strong candidates have already been hired.

“Further, we want to ensure that we give this candidate an ample amount of time to familiarize themselves with the district and be ready to roll on day one of their contract,” Yoakam said.

On Tuesday, Yoakam said the board once again thanks Dunham for his early retirement announcement.

“We have been able to do a thorough search and have a well thought out process in place to transition the new superintendent into the position,” he said. “Mr. Dunham’s consistent commitment to the district’s well-being is greatly appreciated and the board of education is looking forward to one more year with Mr. Dunham at the helm.”