The Bozeman School Board will hold a special meeting Thursday at noon to vote on hiring a new principal for Chief Joseph Middle School.

Superintendent Kirk Miller said he will make a recommendation from the four finalists seeking to replace Diane Cashell, who is retiring. The public meeting will take place in the boardroom of Willson School, 404 W. Main St.

The finalists are Ryan Boettcher, a former Bozeman High School teacher and principal in Wilsall, now teaching in Wyoming; Robert Dobell, assistant principal at Stevensville High School and curriculum director; Rex Weltz, high school principal in Forks, Wash., and formerly an elementary principal in Palmer, Alaska; and Brian Ayers, Chief Joseph Middle School assistant principal for five years.

There were 43 applicants for the job, Miller said. A team of about 14 teachers and parents interviewed six candidates and chose the four finalists. They were interviewed by the executive council, made up of Miller, assistant superintendents Marilyn King and Steve Johnson, personnel director Pat Strauss, special education director Chad Berg and Sacajawea Middle School Principal Gordon Grissom.