A school interview committee composed of teachers, a classified employee, parents, a school board member and myself recently conducted an administrator interview to fill the vacant opening in the Escalante schools, left by Mr. Bert Steele. It was the unanimous recommendation of the hiring committee to offer the position to Mr. Chip Sharpe. The Garfield County Board of Education approved the hiring committee’s recommendation on December 17th during their regularly scheduled meeting. Mr. Sharpe will begin his administrative duties on or before January 19th, 2016. Mr. Sharpe is currently the administrator of Nome Beltz Jr. Sr. High School in Alaska. He holds a BS in Elementary Education, Masters Degree in Education with a Reading Endorsement, and a Masters degree in Educational Leadership. He has taught high school language arts for six years, elementary (2nd-6th) grades for 14 years, SPED and has been the administrator of Nelson Lagoon School, Akutan School, and Mountain Village. Mr. Sharpe is originally from Richfield and his wife is from Blanding, Utah. Mr. Sharpe was a teacher and coach in San Juan School District for 22 years. He has been the foster parent of 28 foster children. Mr. Sharpe personally visited with the faculty and staff in Escalante on December 21st. If you see Mr. Sharpe in our area, please extend a special welcome to him and his wife to our wonderful communities. We are excited about the leadership qualities Mr. Sharpe brings to the district and to the schools in Escalante. We would also like to thank Mr. Steele for his time and dedication to the students, faculty and staff in Escalante. We wish Mr. Steele the best as he transitions to the Salt Lake School District.