SHERIDAN — The Sheridan County School District 1 board of trustees approved a new superintendent Monday.
Peter Kilbride, currently the principal at Tongue River Middle School, will take over the position July 1, replacing Marty Kobza, who is moving to Nebraska. Kilbride has been TRMS principal since 2014 and joined the district as a counselor at Tongue River High School in 2006. Kilbride did not formally apply for the position and was not one of three candidates interviewed by the board and school district administrators earlier this month, but the board decided to hire Kilbride after interviewing the three out-of-state candidates.
“After those interviews, we recognized that none of those candidates were a fit for our school district,” SCSD1 board vice chair Carol Garber said. “We talked about what we wanted in a superintendent and that led us to Pete Kilbride.”
After the interviews, a few school district administrators mentioned considering Kilbride, which the board discussed. Garber said the board interviewed Kilbride informally Friday for about 45 minutes and then offered him the position. Garber cited Kilbride’s understanding of the school district, establishing himself as a district leader, his commitment to helping teachers improve and his passion and honesty as key factors in his hiring.
“It wasn’t in our original plans, but we came to the conclusion that we already had a qualified candidate in our district,” Garber said.
Garber said the board is planning to host a meet-and-greet event on both sides of the school district for people to get to know Kilbride, but a specific date hasn’t been set.