The Wasatch County School Board is pleased to announce that Paul Sweat has been hired as the new Superintendent of Wasatch County School District. Mr. Sweat will assume these responsibilities on July 1, 2016.
Paul Sweat has a long history in the Wasatch County School District. He has most recently been serving as the Director of Secondary Education for the District. Earlier in his career, he taught math and driver education. He has been an assistant principal in the junior high. He also worked as an assistant principal and athletic director at Wasatch High School.. He was principal of Wasatch High School for five years before moving to the district office, and was very instrumental in the drive to build the new Wasatch High School building.
Mr. Sweat graduated from Wasatch High School. He married a classmate, Teri Moulton, and they have 6 children. Mr. Sweat received his undergraduate degree from Brigham Young University, and his Master’s Degree from Utah State University. He is currently a Doctoral Candidate at the University of Utah.
Based on the progress that Wasatch County School District has made in their move to the digital classrooms, Mr. Sweat, along with Wasatch County School District, were recently nominated to become members of the National League of innovative School Districts. He has also been asked to serve on the Utah State Digital Advisory Board.
School Board President, Mark Davis, said about the selection of Mr. Sweat: “We are so pleased to make this appointment. We know Paul well. He has been the driving force behind some of our most significant academic programs during the past several years. As we look to the future, we anticipate continued academic excellence under the leadership of Superintendent Paul Sweat.”
Mr. Davis went on to thank the citizen’s committee who worked so diligently to narrow down the applicants to a manageable size. “We were very pleased at the number of applicants for this position,” said Mr. Davis. “The citizens’ review committee, made up of 19 individuals, read each application and ranked them before giving the applications to the school board. Their guidance was a great service to us and helped us to focus in on those individuals who were best prepared to provide Wasatch County School District the leadership we need.”
Because there were applicants from within the district, the search process was overseen by the Utah State School Board Association to assure impartiality. Wasatch District employees, including the School Board members themselves knew nothing of the number of applicants or the names of applicants until the closing date of the application process.
“The process worked very well,” said President Davis. “The citizen’s review committee worked so hard to analyze each of the applicants. By the time we received the information from them, their opinions were very clear, and for the most part, almost unanimous. From there, we interviewed the four top candidates, and in that interview process, Mr. Sweat rose to the top.”
Mr. Sweat will be taking over for Superintendent Terry Shoemaker, who served for 15 years as the Superintendent of Wasatch County School District and who has taken a job with the Utah State School Board Association.
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