Hoquiam superintendant finalist for Longview position
The Longview School District Board has chosen three finalists to replace Superintendent Suzanne Cusick. One is Hoquiam Superintendent Mike Parker.
The Daily News Online reports that the three candidates will be invited back to the district for visits and interviews on May 5, 6, and 7.
Parker has been superintendent of the Hoquiam School District since 2006 after a job as superintendent at the Concrete School District from 2003 to 2006.
Also finalists for the job are former Douglas County School District superintendant Christian Cutter and current Ellensburg School District superintendent Paul Farris.
The board announced the candidates after private interviews this week.
The board plans to name a successor to Cusick at its May 12 meeting. The new superintendent will officially begin work on July 1.
Longview School Board President Jennifer Leach called the initial pool of 23 candidates for the position “very diverse.” Nine were from Washington.
When selecting finalists, Leach said the board looked for strong instructional leaders able to collaborate well and understand strategic planning procedures and new state-mandated common core standards.
“We’re really looking at candidates … focused on high expectations and achievement for all students,” Leach said, adding that the board found those qualities in its three finalists.
At least three nearby school districts have searched for new superintendents this year, but Leach said she doesn’t think those searches had impact on Longview’s pool of candidates.
In Kelso, where a search is underway for a replacement for outgoing Superintendent Rob MacGregor, school board President Bob Lucas says this year’s opening has drawn fewer candidates than expected and fewer have applied than when the job has been open in the past.