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Casper – At a time of unprecedented opportunity for the Natrona County School District, the Board of Trustees has made a decision on who will be the next superintendent for the district. Board chairman, Rita Walsh has announced that Steve Hopkins is in final contract negotiations for the position of Superintendent.
“We are seeing great things happening in our classrooms and our schools across the district. The hard work from our exceptional teaching staff has paid off in continued growth in our assessment results and significant progress on our five strategic goals,” said Ms. Walsh. “We are on a path to reforming secondary education through an academy approach. Our building projects are underway, but still require tremendous effort to bring them to completion. All of this causes us to be strategic and thoughtful in our choice as to not slow down this progress. Mr. Hopkins has excellent working knowledge of the district’s priorities and will be able to maintain the momentum we currently have without spending months getting up-to-speed.”
Mr. Hopkins will take over the superintendent role upon the retirement of Dr. Joel Dvorak on June 30, 2013. Steve has served in the role of Associate Superintendent of Business Services for the district for the past 17 years. In this role, he has carefully assisted the Board of Trustees and the superintendent in making responsible decisions. As a proven leader in the district, Steve has earned the respect and attention of the board, community and state legislature.
“We are confident in Steve’s experience and the expertise he brings in finance and district leadership. He understands the breadth of Wyoming’s regulatory and legislative system and their role in our educational system. In addition, his knowledge of the district’s new direction in curriculum and assessment will aid in his ability to garner trust and confidence among staff, students, and the public,” said Ms. Walsh.
Mr. Hopkins’ experience will prove valuable over the next few years as the district rebuilds and renovates three high schools and a middle school, builds three new elementary schools, and redefines the secondary and elementary school experience by providing 21st Century education in innovative, modern environments. The Natrona County School District’s primary goal is to create a fully-aligned PreK-12 learning system that allows every student to achieve his or her full potential while in school and to be fully prepared to be successful after leaving the system.