Hoquiam Superintendant not selected for Longview position
Hoquiam Superintendent Mike Parker will not be moving to Longview.
The Longview Daily News reports that the Longview School Board on Monday rejected two finalists for superintendent and unanimously decided to hire an interim leader to replace outgoing Superintendent Suzanne Cusick.
The temporary superintendent will serve for an unspecified length of time, and board members gave no indication who it might be.
The board will continue searching for a replacement next school year.
The board considered 23 candidates during a search that began in January.
Three superintendent candidates were invited to final interviews last week. This included Hoquiam School District Superintendent Mike Parker and Christian Cutter, a former assistant superintendent for the Douglas County School District in Colorado. The third candidate, Ellensburg School District superintendent Paul Farris, decided not to pursue the position for personal reasons.
“I just think that they’re not the right people for this district at this time,” said school board member Barbara Westrick to the Longview Daily News.
A superintendent needs to have the support of all of the board’s five members to be effective, said board member Skip Urling. “It seems to me that we’d be better off going back out,”
Cusick plans to retire June 30, and board members did not say exactly when they plan to hire an interim superintendent.