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Superintendent semifinalists named

Public interviews with candidates scheduled for this weekend

Posted: June 5, 2014 - 12:08am

Four semifinalists will interview Saturday for the top job with the Juneau School District, including one candidate from Alaska who has previously worked in Juneau.

JSD announced Wednesday the names of four superintendent hopefuls, all administrators in their current school districts: Angela Lunda of Hoonah; Rick Williams of Richardson, Texas; Daryl Chesley of Hanover County, Va.; and Mark Miller of Hayward, Calif.

Now the superintendent of Hoonah City Schools, Lunda was the principal of Gastineau Elementary School from 2003 to 2011, according to her resume. She was also a seventh-grade math and biology teacher at Floyd Dryden Middle School from 1988 to 2002.

Williams is the director of administrative services for the Region 10 Education Service Center in Richardson. He’s been the superintendent of two school districts in Texas: Devine Independent School District and Ranger Independent School District, according to his resume.

Chesley is the assistant superintendent for instructional leadership for Hanover County Public Schools. Before that, he was the director of instruction for Fredricksburg City Public Schools and principal of James Monroe High School in the district.

Miller is the assistant superintendent of human resources for the Hayward Unified School District. He’s been the principal of two schools and after that held administrative human resources jobs for two districts in California.

Public interviews of the candidates will be held Saturday in the Thunder Mountain High School library, beginning at 8 a.m. Williams’ interview will be held from 8:15 to 9:45 a.m.; Chesley’s will be from 10 to 11:30 a.m.; Miller’s will be from 12:30 to 2 p.m.; and Lunda’s will be from 2:15 to 3:45 p.m.

Interviews are open to the public, and written comments will be collected from attendees. After the interviews, the board will narrow the pool to two or three finalists during an executive session.

A community meet-and-greet with the superintendent finalists will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday at Savikko Park Shelter 1. Written comments will again be collected.

Final interviews will take place at 1 p.m. Monday in the THMS library. The interviews are open to the public, and attendees will have another opportunity to submit comments on the finalists. The board expects to make its final decision that afternoon, according to a district news release.

The superintendent hiring process is different from other hiring processes in the district. It is the only position hired directly by the school board, the release stated. The board decided in April to bump the new superintendent’s salary to $162,000 from the current $155,000 per year.

The deadline for applications was May 21. Ray and Associates, a firm the board hired to help with the superintendent search, held a short interview with each of the applicants. A background check was also performed on each one. School District spokesperson Kristin Bartlett previously told the Empire there were more than 50 applicants a week before the deadline.

Outgoing Superintendent Glenn Gelbrich resigned in March and was recently hired for a superintendent position in Kelso, Wash. Gelbrich joined the Juneau School District in 2009 and was contracted to continue through 2016.

All semi-finalist resumes can be found online at www.juneauschools.org/announcement/2014/06/04/four-candidates-interview-....

• Contact reporter Katie Moritz at 523-2294 or at katherine.moritz@juneauempire.com.

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Bill Burk
Bill Burk 06/05/14 - 03:45 pm

The JSD should wise and an choose Angela Lunda, and STOP thinking about other people. I worked with Angela at Gastineau, and she is a wonderful, fair, smart person. She would be of great value to the district!

dimitra Lavrakas lavrakas
dimitra Lavrakas lavrakas 06/06/14 - 03:28 am
Pick Alaskan

In Skagway, we went through Outside superintendent after Outside superintendent before the school committee finally got smart and picked a local, who is doing an excellent job. For years, they didn't pick him because they were concerned he didn't have enough experience, and of course, because he's intelligent he rose to the occasion.
And here's a big hint, if someone applies for a job and they've worked in the far north of the state for only a couple of years, they can't cut it!

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