Flanagan hired as superintendentApr 29, 2020 By Katie Roenigk, Staff Writer
JoAnne Andre-Flanagan will become the new superintendent of Riverton schools July 1.
The Fremont County School District 25 Board of Trustees approved her contract Tuesday.
"I appreciate the opportunity, and I'll work hard for this district and this community," Andre-Flanagan said during the regular meeting.
Current superintendent Terry Snyder, who is retiring in June after nine years in the position, expressed faith in Andre-Flanagan's abilities, citing her experience as a teacher, principal and district administrator.
Andre-Flanagan currently serves as assistant superintendent for FCSD 25. She also was Riverton High School principal for 13 years and assistant principal for one year.
"I have tremendous confidence in JoAnne," Snyder said.
"She understands the systems that have been put in place and our beliefs that we've adhered to for many years now."
Andre-Flanagan will take up the superintendent's position in the midst of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, which has prompted the closure of public school facilities throughout the state - including in Riverton.
The board voted Tuesday to continue implementing its adapted learning plan for the rest of the school year.
Andre-Flanagan was involved in the development of that remote lesson plan - a process she discussed during a community forum preceding her April 13 interview for the superintendent's position, when she was asked to talk about a "major problem" she has faced during her career in public education.
"We're all kind of living in the middle, right now, of a very challenging time," Andre-Flanagan said in response to the question, referring to the spread of coronavirus.
"A few short weeks ago we got pulled into this COVID-19 pandemic as a state, and we very quickly had to close schools and make a plan for how we're going to work to deliver a high level of (education) to our kids in a remote environment."
The situation has required close collaboration among the staff - a situation that has complemented Andre-Flangan's self-described "driven personality."
"I'm a pretty hands-on person - and I need that for myself, because it's the people in the district that inspire me," she said. "That is one thing I love about my job now that I'm not willing to give up."
Andre-Flanagan will help establish her own job description as superintendent, Snyder said Tuesday.
She also will determine the responsibilities of the assistant superintendent who replaces her.
"I have started to take a look at that," Andre-Flanagan told the board Tuesday.
"We'll move as quickly as we can. We know it's a position we need to get filled."
Andre-Flanagan was born and raised in Riverton, graduating from RHS and moving to North Dakota to teach before returning to Fremont County to work as a special education teacher at St. Stephen's Indian School.
She then spent about 10 years in Green River, teaching sixth-grade science and social studies and coaching volleyball before becoming an elementary school principal, then assistant high school principal.