Nyssa school board expects to decide on new superintendent this week

NYSSA – The Nyssa School Board was scheduled to vote on hiring a new superintendent Monday night, but deferred that decision pending additional discussion.

The board earlier narrowed the search for the top district job to two finalists.

The two are Dr. Darren Johnson, principal at Canyon Crest Elementary School in Provo, Utah, and Dr. Benjamin Merrill, principal at Middleton High School in Idaho, as the top two choices for the job.

Nyssa School Board Chairman Dave Bunker said the board received applications from 17 candidates and interviewed six of them in closed sessions last week.

Johnson and Merrill stood out, Bunker said. 

“Their experience, demeanor and the things that they wanted to do at Nyssa were in line with what the board wanted to see happen,” he said.

Bunker said the board has been . . .