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Twenty-four staff and community observer panelists will provide electronic feedback

Jefferson County School District 509-J Board members will interview six superintendent candidates Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 22 and 23.

According to 509-J Board Secretary Tessa Bailey, board members met in executive session last Thursday to review all completed applications for the district superintendent opening. They selected and invited the top six candidates to next week's preliminary interviews.

Last fall, 509-J Superintendent Ken Parshall announced his June 30 retirement, having served the district since July 2017. The new superintendent is expected to begin July 1.

During the Feb. 11 board executive session, directors also reviewed the 12 district staff members on the observer panel who were determined by a classification self-selection process. Any remaining vacancies after the self-selection process will be determined by a random lottery.

Twelve community members were selected for the observer panel from a large pool of applications. The board reviewed and selected a variety of stakeholders representing the diverse population of the district.

The observer panel members will provide electronic feedback to the board after each interview. The board will conduct preliminary interviews behind closed doors in executive session on Monday and Tuesday next week beginning at 4 p.m.

Board members say they are committed to finding the right candidate to lead Jefferson County School District with the assistance from Northwest Leadership Associates, a search firm the district hired. The board gathered input from focus groups conducted at the start of the process, and the upcoming interview process will include electronic feedback from the observer panelists.

Board members will conduct final interviews for up to three superintendent candidates Tuesday through Thursday, March 2-4 in executive session.

Candidates will spend the entire day in the district meeting with various staff and community groups. In the evening, there will be a general session for anyone interested in meeting the candidates. A brief survey will be available at the evening meetings for the community to provide input to the board.

"We appreciate the interest and response from our staff and the community," Bailey said.


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