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HAMILTON -- The Hamilton School District -- in the process of hiring a replacement for retiring superintendent Duby Santee -- has narrowed the search to four finalists.

Robert Connors of Stevensville, Thomas Korst of Havre, Robert Lewandowski of St. Ignatius and Daniel Nicklay of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, have been selected by the Hamilton School District Board of Trustees as candidates for the job.

Connors is the junior high school principal and high school vice principal in Stevensville. Before joining the administrative team there in 2002, Connors was a teacher in Laurel. Connors has a bachelor's degree in education from the University of Montana and master's degree in education from the University of Montana.

Korst is the assistant superintendent of the Havre Public Schools in Havre. He was previously the high school principal at Seeley-Swan High and a K-8 elementary principal at Seeley Lake Elementary. Korst has a bachelor's degree from Western Montana College in business and English, a master's degree in educational leadership from the University of Montana and is pursuing a doctorate in educational leadership at UM.

Lewandowksi is superintendent of the St. Ignatius School District in St. Ignatius. Before joining the St. Ignatius School District in 2010, Lewandowski was the superintendent in Meeteetse, Wyo. Lewandowski holds a bachelor's degree in language arts and education from Chadron State College, a master's degree in education leadership from Chadron State College and is pursuing a doctorate in education leadership from the University of Wyoming.

Daniel Nicklay is principal of the Coeur d'Alene Charter Academy in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. Nicklay has been with the Academy since 2000 as a teacher, dean of students and vice principal before assuming the role of principal in 2006. Nicklay holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Montana in English literature and sociology and a master's degree in educational leadership from UM.

The Hamilton School District is hosting a public meeting with the superintendent candidates on Friday, Jan. 20, from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Hamilton High commons area. 

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