Murphy is the former superintendent of Houghton Lake Community Schools, about 100 miles north of Carson City.
“We are really grateful that Houghton Lake did not renew his contract,” said Board President Tom Wilcox. “I think he is going to be a great fit for us.”
Murphy and the school board agreed on a three-year contract at $100,000 per year.
“The main attribute we liked about Kevin was his three years experience as a superintendent,” Wilcox said. “He has all the different traits we were looking for.”
The search for a new superintendent began in February when the school board used North Star Staffing to conduct the search process.
The firm received 20 applicants, which were narrowed down to six and then two.
“Murphy obviously was one of the two,” Wilcox said. “After the interviews, the board was unanimous that we go with Kevin.”
For Murphy, the reason for applying for the job was one of simple research about the district.
“Knowing the stability of the district, including the superintendent and the board of education, drew my interest,” Murphy said. “It is a quality school system, quality community and I am looking forward to being part of that community.”
Murphy’s involvement in the community was another reason he was hired as the new superintendent.
“We looked for someone who will be active in the community,” Wilcox said. “He has been (active) and he will be here.”
Experience with budgets was another reason Murphy was hired.
“It is important to have someone who has a good handle on finance,” Wilcox said.
Murphy is looking forward to continuing the work started by Interim Superintendent Duane Ellis.
“I think there has been some good initiatives, in particular with the curriculum,” Murphy said. “The conversation is being had as we change to the national standards and certainly we want to catch on and lead there.”