Lander District 1 Riverton hired Harris as its new superintendent and named its three finalists

The superintendent is searching for school districts in Lander and Riverton. Lander chose their new leader and Riverton announced three finalists for their top spot.

In Lander, school members announced that Lander’s Michael Harris will move to the top job.

“You lead by example,” Harris told the community panel about his management style. “Communication has to be two-way. Opening channels to share with parents and stakeholders across platforms is important, he says, as is being available to listen. “There’s one thing I’d like to do as superintendent, and that’s just implement open office hours,” he added.

Of the current polarized political climate, he said, “We value acceptance,” regardless of a person’s political, religious or other background. “We want your child to excel here.

He was previously director of special services for Hot Springs County School District #1 in Thermopolis and was principal before that Supervisor of Monitoring and Accountability for the Wyoming Department of Education

The Riverton School Board said their three finalists are James Fraley of Cheyenne, current District 25 Assistant Superintendent Jody Ibach (eye-baugh) and Corrina Guardipee-Hall of Browning Montana.

The Riverton Board of Directors announced that they will meet in executive session on March 8, 13 and 16 in the central office meeting room to personally interview the three candidates. Public forums for district patrons to meet and ask questions of the candidates will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. the same day the candidates are interviewed. The morning after each of the interviews, the board will meet informally with the respective candidates. These meetings will be at the Brown Sugar Roastery from 7:30am to 8:30am.

The interview schedule is as follows:

James Fraley (Cheyenne, WY), Wednesday, March 8 – FSCD Central Office #25

Jodi Ibach (Riverton, WY) Monday March 13th – FSCD #25 Central Office and

Corrina Guardipee-Hall (Browning, MT) Thursday, March 16 – FSCD Central Office #25

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