Beverly Hammond, an initial candidate to be the Juneau School District's superintendent, fell off the School Board's list of finalists after it increased the position's advertised salary and extended the search to draw more applicants.
Juneau School Board President Mark Choate explained Tuesday why the former superintendent of Wild Rose School Division No. 66 in Rocky Mountain House, Alberta, wasn't included in the latest list of finalists.
"On the second round, there were so many high quality candidates. Everyone got reviewed a second time, and there were people the board felt were better for our district," Choate said. "I believe the people will be impressed with the candidates we interview."
The board is scheduled to hold individual public interviews with the five finalists Thursday and Friday and make its final selection shortly thereafter.
Thursday's interviews will be held in room 206 of Juneau-Douglas High School:
• Art Stellar of Taunton, Mass., 2 to 3:15 p.m.
• Chad Struhs of Blackfoot, Idaho, 7 to 8:15 p.m.
Friday's interviews will be held in the Egan Room of Centennial Hall:
• Les Morse of Juneau, 8:15 to 9:30 a.m.
• Glen Gelbrich of Salem, Oreg., 9:45 to 11 a.m.
• Pete Lewis of Clarkston, Wash., 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
Additionally, a community meet-and-greet forum with the candidates is scheduled tonight from 6:30 to 8:30 at Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School.