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.
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- For the second time in two years, a Skagway political figure has been ordered to pay a fine for incomplete financial disclosures. Assembly hopeful Dan Henry failed to disclose substantial debt on his candidate paperwork. He will still be able to run for office in the upcoming election.
- Administration officials have a mouthful of a name for it: the “capped hybrid head tax.” It's a flat 1.5 percent of wages and self-employment income, with a maximum of twice the value of that year's Alaska Permanent Fund dividend.
- A federal district court has sided with conservationists fighting to preserve the U.S. Forest Service's "roadless rule" that limits road building in national forests. Alaska conservationists opposed to expanded logging in Tongass National Forest hailed the ruling as a victory.