Michael Gower will be interviewing for the position of superintendent with the USD 489 Board of Education on the evening of Wednesday, Feb. 6.
Gower is the third of four candidates the USD 489 Hays Board of Education will be interviewing. Keith Hall, USD 489 interim director of finance, and Jamie Wetig, Ashland superintendent, interviewed for the job last week. One more candidate will interview with the board on Thursday. The school board is set to vote on its selection at the school board meeting on Monday.
Candidates were selected for interviews based on their fit with desired characteristics that were developed with input from focus groups that were utilized throughout the search process.
Gower is currently serving as the Superintendent of Phillipsburg Schools in USD 325 and Logan Schools in USD 326. Gower is in his ninth year in the position at Phillipsburg and sixth year at Logan. In 2017 Gower became an adjunct professor in the College of Education at Fort Hays State University and continues to serve in that capacity.
The community is invited to meet the candidate from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Toepfer Board Room at the Rockwell Administration Center.
Schedule February 6, 2019
9 a.m. Arrive at Rockwell Administration Center
9:05 – 9:20 a.m. Meet with Superintendent Thissen
Receive schedule and information for the day
9:30 – 10:00 a.m. Roosevelt Elementary School – facility tour and meet and greet
10:15 – 11:00 am Drive to Lincoln, O’Loughlin, and Early Childhood Connections
11 – 11:45 a.m. Hays High School – facility tour and meet and greet
Noon – 1:15 p.m. Lunch with building administrators
1:30 – 2:15 p.m. Hays Middle School (drive by Wilson) – facility tour and meet and greet
2:30 – 3:15 p.m.Rockwell Administration Center – facility tour and meet and greet
3:30 – 4:30 p.m. Community and parent meet and greet – Toepfer Board Room
4:30 – 5:30 p.m. Free time for the candidate (the district will provide transportation to and from the motel for the candidate and/or guest.
5:30 p.m. Dinner with board, candidate and guest, central administrative team
6:15 p.m. Formal Interview