The McCleary School Board has selected three finalists, including one with connections to East County, for its soon-to-be-vacant superintendent position and is seeking community input on their decisions.
Superintendent Dan Bolender is leaving after the end of the school year.
The School District hosts a half-time superintendent position and their top three candidates will make themselves available for community feedback and share their visions from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., on April 22, 23 and 24.
“This will be a town-hall format in the library, similar to the principal interviews a year ago,” McCleary School Principal Dan Casler said. “The Board looks forward to and thanks the public support of the process by their attendance and questions.”
The interviews top off a day-long process where the candidates will meet the staff, take a tour of the school and generally get to know everyone involved.
The candidates chosen include:
• Tita Mallory, who currently is the Director of Instructional Programs, Assessment and Technology in the Lakewood School District, a position she’s had since 2010. Previously, she was a teacher and elementary school principal in Aberdeen. She was also the Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment for the Aberdeen School District from 2001 to 2010. She lives in Montesano. Mallory will be at the April 22 session.
• Martin Schmidt, a former superintendent in the Gorman School District in Gorman, Calif. He currently lives in Silverdale and also has previous principal and assistant principal positions. From 1997 to 2006, he worked as an assistant principal in the Central Kitsap School District. Schmidt will be at the April 23 session.
• Rich Stewart, the superintendent of the Eatonville School District. Stewart had been with Eatonville since 2010 and is leaving that district at the end of the school year and moving with his wife back to Grapeview in Mason County. He previously served as superintendent in the Dayton School District and the Grapeview School District. Stewart will be at the April 24 session.