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Farmington superintendent not chosen for Nebraska job

Brad Meeks

Farmington superintendent Brad Meeks will not go west.

Meeks was not chosen Monday to take the top job in the Grand Island, Neb., School District.

The Grand Island Independent reported Tuesday morning that Salina, Kan. superintendent Rob Winter will be superintendent in the central Nebraska district, assuming the board and Winter can reach agreement on a contract. The decision came after a more than three-hour closed-door session.

Meeks, who has been Farmington's superintendent since 2003, was one of four finalists for the job in the 8,000-student district, located about 100 miles west of Lincoln. It is the second time this year he has been a finalist for a job in another district. He interviewed in April for the top job in the Iowa City School District.

Meeks said then that he is contacted from time to time by districts looking for a new superintendent but that "99 percent of the time" he is not interested.

Meeks said last week the Grand Island position met what he is looking for in a school district. It is bigger than the Farmington district, which has about 6,400 students, and it is located in the Midwest.

"It just seemed like a district with a lot of good things and good potential," Meeks said last week. "I just thought I'd take a look."

Nathan Hansen

Nathan Hansen has been a reporter and editor with the Farmington Independent and the Rosemount Town Pages since 1997. He is very tall.

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