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  • Jim Shank has been selected as the new Juab School District Superintendent

By Myrna Trauntvein
Times-News Correspondent

Jim Shank was selected as the new Juab School District Superintendent to replace Dr. Kirk Wright, who is retiring.
Shank was introduced at school board meeting on Thursday.
"We had 10 applicants for the position, far more than we had been lead to believe we might expect," said Delanie Hathaway, school board president.
Special committees were used to narrow the field to five. From that the field was narrowed to three.
"We did interviews and further background checks on the top three candidates," said Hathaway.
She said that board members even visited the areas where the candidates were presently employed.
"We are happy to announce that the winning candidate is Jim Shank," said Hathaway.
"It is a pleasure and an honor to be selected," said Shank. "I have some big shoes to fill."
He said that he, and his wife, Sallie, have six children. Four of those children will be moving with them to Nephi. One of the six, their eldest son, is currently serving an LDS mission and one other, the oldest daughter, is a student at BYU Idaho.
The other children range in age fro 9 to 16, two boys and two girls.
His wife works for HCA Information Technology Shared Services Division based in Bountiful as a technical analyst.
Shank was born and raised in Longview, Washington. He then attended Brigham Young University and received a Bachelor's of Science Degree in special education and a Masters Degree in educational leadership. He has since earned an Education Specialist Degree in educational leadership from Idaho State University and nearing the completion of his dissertation for a Doctorate degree from Idaho State University.
"I began my teaching career in Alpine School District at Pleasant Grove Junior High School as a special education teacher and department chairman," Shank said. "In 1995, I became an assistant principal in Idaho Falls School District."
He has since served in that district as an elementary principal, a junior high principal and as Director of Federal Program and Assessments. He has also been a small school superintendent in Washington State.
He has a minor in music, has served as an athletic director and has been working to ensure that the "whole child" receives appropriate care and attention within the educational program.
"My philosophy of education and instructional leadership in grounded in the firm belief that all children learn best when teamed with a talented, caring and skillful teacher who is focused on student growth and achievement regardless of the student's level of performance," he said.
When a student connects with a teacher and then engages in the thrill of mastery and discovery, a love for the learning process is created. Instructional leadership at both the district and the building level are paramount to success.
"Such focus requires a shared vision of continuous improvement and an unrelenting quest for student growth within the contest of whole child development." said Shank.
The focus includes not only academic excellence, but outstanding performance in all areas of student achievement: the arts, extra-curricular activities, advanced placement, college readiness, vocation pursuits, technology and more.
Hathaway said that Shank and Wright will be working together during the transition period to make certain that the transition goes smoothly.
"We also want to compliment Dr. Wright on his leadership through the years," said Hathaway. "He has been a worker bee 24-7 and has a deep caring for children."