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Elko County School Board Names New Interim Superintendent

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The Elko County School Board trustees voted five to one to appoint former Wells Combined School principal and most recently, Director of School Improvement Clayton (C.J.) Anderson as interim superintendent on Tuesday, December 14.

Trustees made their decision during Tuesday’s regularly scheduled board meeting after interviewing Anderson and Sarah Negrete, the director of the Northeastern Nevada Professional Development Program, during a special board meeting held the day prior.

The board also confirmed that it will conduct a review of a larger pool of candidates in the spring for a possible full-time superintendent position.

Board President Teresa Dastrup stated, “I am pleased to have Mr. Anderson on board as interim superintendent. I am confident that his leadership experience in an ECSD combined school, along with his vision in school improvement, and teamwork with existing district staff will ensure the district continues on a strong path.”

Newly appointed Interim Superintendent C.J. Anderson shared, “I'm very excited to serve as the interim superintendent of ECSD and am appreciative to the board of trustees for entrusting me with this opportunity and responsibility. I also want to thank everyone who has reached out to me to offer their support. I look forward to working closely with the excellent students, families, and staff members throughout our wonderful communities. We have amazing things happening throughout our district every day, and I can't wait to share them with you."

About Interim Superintendent C.J. Anderson

Anderson, originally from Vermont, holds a master of arts in education administration from Lamar University and a bachelor’s degree in Spanish language from Brigham Young University.

Prior to making his way to Nevada in 2019, Anderson served as an assistant principal for both a high school and middle school in Texas. He began his career in education teaching secondary Spanish language and later transitioned to support roles in academic achievement and college and career readiness programs.

Anderson resides in Elko with his wife, Wendy, and their four children ranging in ages five to 13 years old. In his spare time, Anderson says he enjoys spending time with his family, attending BYU football games, skiing, snowboarding, and spending time outdoors.

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