Four candidates take one step closer to superintendent position |

Four candidates take one step closer to superintendent position

GARDNERVILLE, Nev. – Four out of six candidates for the job of Douglas County School District superintendent have been selected for further consideration.

School board members voted 6-0 to further investigate former Vallejo City Unified School District Superintendent Mary Bull, Deputy Superintendent of Chinook’s Edge School Division Heather Henderson-Hill, Assistant Superintendent of Humboldt County School District David Jensen and Chief Academic Officer of Washoe County School District Elisabeth Noonan.

Not moving forward are Eldorado High School Principal Ron Lustig and Bethel University professor Tom Hisiro.

“I like the idea of a strong leader, a decision-maker,” said Board Clerk Keith Roman. “Not a dictator, but someone willing to make the tough decisions and not agonize over them.”

Trustee Karen Chessell said she was looking for three things in a superintendent: a record of student achievement, the ability to lead the district, and the ability to engage the community.

Board Vice President Tom Moore said the final candidate needs to have business leadership skills. He said they need to be able to work with the business services department and human resources, not just with educational services.

“I’m concerned that an expertise in education may overshadow other areas in the district that need just as much attention,” he said. “I’m going to be looking for leadership and decision-making skills that stand out.”

Taking the next step, board members voted 6-0 to authorize Board President Teri Jamin and district consultant Jim Huge to set up further investigations into the remaining candidates, including compiling follow-up questions from individual board members, and finding contacts who are not references in the candidates’ respective districts.

The board tentatively scheduled a meeting for 3 p.m. April 14 at the district office to share their findings and another tentative meeting for 4 p.m. April 21 at Douglas High School to make the final selection.

Human Resources Director Rich Alexander said the final candidate would probably be offered a compensation package similar to that of former superintendent Carol Lark, which was around $123,000 a year, plus benefits.

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