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JSD head Gelbrich not chosen for Idaho job

He was one of two finalists

Posted: March 9, 2014 - 12:09am

After making it to the final round of interviews Monday, Juneau School District Superintendent Glenn Gelbrich was not chosen for superintendent of the Nampa, Idaho, school district.

Glebrich was one of two finalists considered for the position, which oversees the district’s 1,800 employees, said Daren Coon, Nampa School District Board of Trustees chairman. But David Peterson, North Mason (Wash.) School District superintendent and the other candidate for the Nampa position, ultimately won out between the two, Coon said.

“We went with the fellow from Washington,” he said. “There are five trustees and it was unanimous.”

The trustees interviewed and voted on the two candidates after its selection committee, made up of two trustees and several community members, narrowed down a pool of about a dozen applicants over several months, Coon said.

The board conducted final interviews with Gelbrich and Peterson on Monday in Nampa. The two finalists also toured the district and gave presentations about themselves at a community reception later that day.

“(Gelbrich) is very well qualified but obviously one superintendent was what the district needed,” he said. “He was an outstanding candidate to make it to one of two.”

In addition to its selection committee, the Nampa district relied on scoping sessions, public outreach and a series of surveys to determine “the things the community would like in a superintendent,” Coon said.

He said the candidates were “both very experienced with community relationships” and “building an internal leadership system of principals.”

Nampa’s district serves about 15,200 students, according to its website. JSD serves about 5,000 students and employs about 745 people.

Gelbrich was also a finalist for a superintendent position in Kalispell, Mont., in December 2013, but did not end up landing the job. He’s been heading up JSD since July 2009 and is contracted to remain in his position until 2016.

• Contact reporter Katie Moritz at 523-2294 or at katherine.moritz@juneauempire.com. Follow her on Twitter @katecmoritz.

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