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EUDORA SUPERINTENDENT IN RUNNING FOR NEW POST

May 2, 1998

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Supt. Dan Bloom is a finalist in the superintendent search in Coffeyville.

For the second time in as many years, Eudora's school superintendent is a finalist for a job elsewhere.

After turning down a new position in Kansas City last year to stay in Eudora, Dan Bloom is now one of four remaining candidates for the superintendent position with Unified School District 445 in Coffeyville, school officials there say.

Bloom, who has already interviewed for the job, was unavailable for comment Friday night. The Coffeyville board is not sure when its final decision will be made.

``It's kind of up in the air right now,'' Cathy Shald, the board president in Coffeyville, said. One of the four candidates the board is considering has not been able to interview yet because of a death in the family.

The board planned on making a decision by May 11, but now is hoping to decide by the end of the school year.

The new Coffeyville superintendent will start work on July 1.

Shald did not give a salary range for the position. The Coffeyville board is using McPherson and Jacobson, a consulting firm from Kearney, Neb., to assist in its search.

Coffeyville's district, in extreme southeast Kansas, has an enrollment of more than 2,300 students. Eudora's district, on the other hand, has an enrollment this year of just under 1,100 students.

Eudora school board member Greg Neis said the board hadn't heard anything from Bloom about the Coffeyville job as yet.

If Bloom were to decide to leave, the board would begin a search for a new superintendent immediately.

Bloom was offered a superintendent's job with a Kansas City, Kan., school district last summer. He turned it and its $30,000 raise down, deciding not to move his family.

``It's just like I've been off and had an affair and I'm through with it and now I'm back home,'' Bloom said last year after turning the job down.

Bloom was hired as the Eudora superintendent in 1983. Before that, he was the principal at Santa Fe Trail High School in Overbrook. He also has worked as an elementary school principal and an elementary and high school teacher.

-- Felicia Haynes' phone message number is 832-7173. Her e-mail address is fhaynes@ljworld.com.

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