School Board Announces Selection of
2024 Assistant Superintendent & 2025 Superintendent

After a comprehensive search and a thorough interview process, the Converse County School District #1 school board is excited to announce Douglas High School Principal Ryan Mackey has been offered a contract to be an assistant superintendent next year and the new superintendent of Converse County School District #1 when Dr. Fenton Hughes retires on July 1, 2025. A contract will be officially approved by the school board at the regular meeting on February 13, 2025.

After a nationwide search conducted by Wyoming School Boards Association, the board was pleased to welcome three highly qualified and accomplished candidates, each bringing a wealth of experience and expertise to the table. The board would like to commend Dr. Jake Francom, Keith Harris, Ed.S., and Ryan Mackey for their dedication to education and passion for potentially leading the Bearcat community. Each candidate went through a day-long process of visiting our schools; attending forums with administrators, certified and classified staff members from all departments and schools, as well as members of the community and parents; and interviewing with the board.

Board Chairman Tom Holt said, “First of all, we would like to take a moment to address the challenge we faced in narrowing down the field of highly qualified candidates. The board had the privilege of reviewing a pool of exceptional individuals, each possessing unique skills, qualifications, and experiences. The difficulty we encountered in this process is a testament to the abundance of talent that exists. Each candidate brought something valuable to the table, making it a truly arduous task to select only a few from such a highly qualified group.” It was only after countless hours of thoroughly evaluating each applicant and meticulously considering qualifications, expertise, and alignment with our organization's goals that the board ultimately chose Mr. Mackey.

The selection process was a transparent and collaborative effort, and the board extends its deepest gratitude to everyone who participated in providing valuable input. The board appreciates the time and effort that each participant invested in ensuring a comprehensive and inclusive process. Central office staff and staff members from across the district helped plan the interviews and took part in the forums. Chairman Holt stated that the board’s “aim was to identify the individual who would best serve our community and contribute to our collective success.”

The board looks forward to working collaboratively with Mr. Mackey to continue providing exceptional education and fostering a positive learning environment for all students. Holt expressed heartfelt gratitude to all the candidates who participated and commends them for their exceptional qualifications.

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