Snoqualmie superintendent Joel Aune is finalist for Richland district job

Snoqualmie Valley Schools superintendent Joel Aune is one of three finalists for the position of Superintendent of the Richland School District.

The Richland district announced in a press release Wednesday, April 10, that Aune, Dr. Rick Schulte, superintendent of the Oak Harbor School District, and Dr. John Steach, superintendent of the Canby School District in Oregon, were finalists in the superintendent search, and would be interviewed by school board members and the public, April 16 to 18.

Aune has been with the Snoqualmie Valley School District since 2005, and recently served as president of the Washington Association of School Administrators (WASA) for the 2011-12 school year. Earlier this year, he was one of six finalists for the superintendent position of the Renton School District, but did not make the final round.

Aune declined to comment on his application to the Renton School District, saying that in fairness to both school districts, it was too soon to comment. He could not be reached for comment on the Richland application, as he was out of the district last week.

Following the interviews next week, school board members plan to visit each of the finalists’ current school districts. A decision on the new superintendent is expected by the end of April.

Richland began its search for a new superintendent in January, when the district fired former Superintendent Jim Busey, according to a report in the Tri-City Herald. Busey is reportedly suing the district and school board members for $1 million in damages for discrimination and improper firing.


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