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Scotland School District begins search for next superintendent

SCOTLAND -- The Scotland School Board on Monday officially accepted Superintendent Damon Alvey's resignation, and immediately began a search for his replacement.

School supply photo illustration. (Matt Gade/Republic)
School supply photo illustration. (Matt Gade/Republic)
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SCOTLAND - The Scotland School Board on Monday officially accepted Superintendent Damon Alvey's resignation, and immediately began a search for his replacement.

The Vermillion School Board announced March 27 Alvey has been hired and accepted the district's open superintendent position. Alvey will replace outgoing superintendent Mark Froke.

Following the acceptance of Alvey's resignation, the board met with Associated School Boards of South Dakota Representative Randall Royer to discuss how the ASBSD will assist the board in its search.

According to Alvey, the board will seek help from the ASBSD in the management of interview candidates and ensuring all applicants have the appropriate credentials.

The board hopes to hire a new superintendent by mid-May. Alvey has been the Scotland School District superintendent for 18 years.

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"Spending that many years in one place, you've put down some pretty deep roots," Alvey told The Daily Republic on Tuesday. "To leave something you've built up and feel really comfortable with his hard, and it's hard to imagine what's going to happen when you're not there. But, at the same time, I have complete confidence in everything we've built in 18 years."

Meanwhile, the district is entwined in a project Alvey has worked to make a reality for several years.

After approving an estimated $2 million project in August that will include the building of an auxiliary gym, a secured entrance and additional classroom space, the district hopes to see work begin on the expansion by May.

Currently in the "final stages" of planning, Alvey said, the project will be sent for bid in the next two weeks, and the board will know by its May 8 meeting if bids come back at an "acceptable" rate. If the board is happy with a bid, Alvey said it will make a motion to move forward with the project at the May meeting. Although Alvey likely won't live in Scotland long after the school year ends, he said he intends to continue helping guide the project moving forward, as he has a special interest.

And, while Alvey is excited for the opportunities running a larger school district will bring, he's anxious for what the future holds for Scotland.

"The community will rally and will be successful because that's how we are in Scotland," Alvey said. "I'm thankful to have had the opportunity to be part of this district."

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