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"Whomever the South Kitsap School Board chooses as a new superintendent had better wear a size 11.The board agreed at an emergency meeting April 16 to bypass appointing an interim superintendent and directly post the opening April 25 to quickly fill superintendent Bill Lahmann's shoes.Lahmann announced last week he will be leaving South Kitsap June 31 to take over as superintendent of the Olympia School District. If all goes as planned, the district will take applications from April 25 to May 25, with interviews and site visits into the first week of June. The board will decide on a new superintendent by the second week of June, giving teachers, staff and students a chance to hear who he or she is before summer vacation.It's a tight schedule, but one Assistant Superintendent of Personnel Sherrie Evans said the district could pull off, particularly with the Internet at its disposal. Bottom line is, there's ample time to do a regular posting, she said.Evans suggested the district act quickly to capitalize on the good feelings surrounding South Kitsap since voters approved a four-year levy Feb. 6. Right now, we enjoy a very positive thrust out there, she said. We're riding a really good wave right now.If by June the school board hasn't found a perfect match, it could still vote to appoint an interim superintendent for six months or a year while continuing to look.During the rest of this week, board chairman Jim Huff and board member Ken Ames, the only member to go through a South Kitsap School District hiring process, will work with administrative staff to narrow the list of consultants to about five.Those consultants will be invited to submit proposals April 25, after which the board will choose one to work them through the selection and hiring process.The board approved hiring a consultant and moving forward with posting the position unanimously. I think there's a lot of things about South Kitsap now that would attract high-quality people. There's not a levy staring them in the face, Huff said. It's a good time to post. "