By Melissa McCaghren
The Slaton Independent School District Board of Trustees approved a probationary contract for a new Athletic Director and considered the superintendent evaluation and contract Thursday evening (Feb. 9) during its monthly meeting.
The board went into executive session for more than three hours to discuss both items before returning.
No action was taken on the superintendent evaluation and contract.
Clint Conkin was hired by the board unanimously to become AD.
Superintendent Jim Andrus reported the previous AD resigned, and then discussed the process for hiring after questions were raised in public comment about the item.
“There have been some rumors circulating about social media posts about hiring protocols, but I just want to make sure everyone here knows what the truth is,” he said, adding he wanted to clarify the issue.
“We had 32 applications for the AD position. We use a route by which included the AD head coach experience the win-loss record, how often they changed school districts, knowledge of the head coach or ad job requirements, personal values, offensive and defensive schemes, they have an offense and defense coordinator to bring with them, etc.”
Andrus added they interviewed the top six candidates over several days, from Feb. 3 to Wednesday (Feb. 8).
“Each interview lasted about three hours. We took three of the top candidates around to the campuses and the facilities of the District to show them really about the district,” added Andrus, who said the team consisted of five people.
“The process for hiring an employee requires the superintendent select an applicant, offer the job and present the candidate to the board, so that’s what we’ve done.”
The board also approved resolutions to possibly conduct a joint election May 6 with all cities and schools within the territory inside Lubbock County.
For more information, including other items on the agenda, please read the Thursday edition of The Slatonite.