Four to interview for Juneau school superintendent

The Juneau School District offices. (Photo by Heather Bryant/KTOO)

The Juneau School District offices. (Photo by Heather Bryant/KTOO)

The Juneau School Board has narrowed the search for the next superintendent to four semifinalists.

They are Daryl Chesley, assistant superintendent of Hanover County Public Schools in Virginia; Angela Lunda, superintendent of Hoonah City Schools here in Southeast; Mark Miller, assistant superintendent of Hayward Unified School District in California; and Rick Williams, director of administrative services in Region 10 Education Service Center in Texas.

Interviews start 8 a.m. Saturday at Thunder Mountain High School. The public is invited to attend and submit written observations of the candidates to the school board.

School district spokesperson Kristin Bartlett says the school board will consider all written comments during deliberations. She says the open interview process allows the community to hear how different candidates answer the same questions.

“While people can get lots of good information in a casual environment like the meet and greet where individuals can talk one on one with candidates, having the interviews open to the public gives people the opportunity to do more of a comparison between candidates,” Bartlett says.

The school board will announce the superintendent finalists Saturday evening and the community can speak with them them at a 3 p.m. meet and greet Sunday at Sandy Beach.

Finalist interviews on Monday are also open to the public.

The school board plans to name the next superintendent for the Juneau School District Monday afternoon and hopes to have that person in place by July 1.

More than 60 people applied for the open position. Current superintendent Glenn Gelbrich is leaving at the end of this month. He joined the district in July 2009, and has said he wants to move closer to family in Oregon.