Juneau superintendent finalist for Idaho job

Glenn Gelbrich talks with district administrative service director David means at a budget meeting. (File photo.)

Juneau Superintendent Glenn Gelbrich talks with district administrative services director David Means at a budget meeting. (File photo)

Juneau School District Superintendent Glenn Gelbrich has once again made the short list for the top job in another school district.

Gelbrich is one of two finalists for the superintendent’s job in the Nampa, Idaho school district. Gelbrich and David Peterson of Washington state will be interviewed Monday, according to Idaho Education News.

Peterson is superintendent of North Mason School District in Belfair, Wash.

Nampa has had an interim superintendent since May of last year, the result of an abrupt resignation. Since then the district has been in difficult contract negotiations and is trying to erase a $3.5 million shortfall.

Gelbrich faced similar issues this past year as the Juneau district negotiated an agreement with teachers.  Juneau is also dealing with a $4.3 million budget shortfall for the next school year.

In a Nampa School District news release, Gelbrich says he’s delighted to be considered for the job.

“The efforts underway in the school district and the livability of this vibrant community make it an ideal place to live and work,” Gelbrich stated. “I look forward to the opportunity to get to know the stakeholders in the community better as a part of this process.”

Nampa is a city of about 84,000 people in southwest Idaho.

In January, Gelbrich was a finalist but passed up for the superintendent’s job in Kalispell, Mont.

Gelbrich came to Juneau from Oregon in July 2009. His contract with the Juneau School District expires in June 2016.

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