I was fortunate enough to weasel my way onto the panel that observed the interviews of the school district’s superintendent candidates last week. All I can say is … wow. That was one of the most exciting groups to be a part of that I have had the pleasure of working with in many years. Yes, the goal is admirable, to fill the shoes of the “legend” leading our school district.
Seven candidates were selected by the school board for interviews that were conducted over two evenings last week. A group of 20 observers were also present – parents, teachers, a few administrators and union representatives – all there to listen to the candidates.
I have to say I was thoroughly impressed with the field of candidates that has now been whittled down to three. All have distinguishing careers in the field of education and the three finalists bring a high level of experience, compassion and leadership qualities to what is undoubtedly the best school district in the state. But beyond their obvious desire to be here, I think they understand the issues we face such as boundary changes, growth, a lack of state funding and the upcoming teachers contract.
In addition to the great list of candidates, the observation group put together was stellar in its own right. Everyone who observed the process held the utmost passion for our schools. Several members felt emotional during the process, which to me is a clear indication of their commitment to our schools and their love of our community.
The three candidates will wrap up their district walks today and then the school board will decide who will lead us in the future. They have a tough decision but, from an observer’s perspective any of the three would make a great superintendent.
In a nutshell, the process seemed to work and we will get a qualified individual to fill the shoes of Dr. McCullough. But, we will still miss him.
Don’t forget online survey
The North Bend Economic Development Commission (EDC) is urging business owners and managers to fill out their online survey. The survey will help determine an economic development plan to help North Bend solidify its tax base and assist in identifying products and services that consumers want and need. But we can’t change for the better unless we participate in the process.
The EDC invites businesses to complete the survey at their earliest convenience by going to the city of North Bend’s Web site at http://ci.north-bend.wa.us.