New superintendent named for Box Elder schools

Monday , May 19, 2014 - 6:39 PM

Ronald Tolman

Dr. Ronald Tolman, new Box Elder County Schools Superintendent, named in May, effective July 1,...

BRIGHAM CITY — An Idaho educator has been named the new Box Elder Schools Superintendent to replace the retiring Ron Wolff.

Ronald Tolman is currently the superintendent for the Jefferson School District located in Rigby, Idaho, serving in that capacity since 2003, according to his resume. Prior to that experience in Idaho, he was the superintendent in Lincoln County School District in Star Valley, Wyoming.

Tolman will take up his new position July 1. Wolff, 66, will retire by that date after 45 years as an educator.

“It’s been a great trip,” Wolff said. “There are great educators all over this country.”

Wolff has spent the last four years as the Box Elder superintendent after 13 years as the Morgan School District superintendent, preceded by five years as the Bear Lake, Idaho, superintendent. Stops before that included teaching positions in his native Ohio, Florida, Oklahoma, and eight yeas as a teacher, coach, and eventually assistant principal at Box Elder High School.

The selection process to replace Wolff began in January with the assistance of the Utah School Boards Association. The position was formally posted online by the association as well as the local district beginning Feb. 28. The application window closed April 10.

School board members selected a screening committee of approximately 30 community members to sift through the applications.

The board was presented with seven applicants, deciding to interview three, announcing Tolman as the finalist May 15.

The position pays just over $120,000 a year, Wolff said, with the option of driving a school district vehicle or receiving a $500 a month travel allowance.

Tolman is originally from Afton, Wyoming. Upon his college graduation he returned there as an educator and served as an elementary school teacher, elementary principal, assistant superintendent responsible for curriculum and instruction, and superintendent before moving on to Idaho. In 1991 he was named the Distinguished Principal of the Year for the State of Wyoming.

He completed his Bachelor’s Degree in elementary education at Utah State University where he also earned a Master’s Degree with an emphasis in early childhood development and supervision. His Doctorate Degree in administration was earned at the University of Wyoming.

Contact reporter Tim Gurrister at 801-625-4238, tgurrister@standard.net. Follow him on Twitter at @tgurrister

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