The Douglas County School District has announced four finalists for superintendent, including Corey Wise, who is currently acting as the interim leader of the district.
The finalists include:
- Corey Wise, interim superintendent for Douglas County, who has 25 years of experience within the district, including roles as a teacher, a principal and in administration.
- Samuel Jarman, former superintendent of Alpine School District, the largest public district in Utah with more than 81,000 students and 9,000 staff members. Jarman retired in July 2020.
- Christopher Page, principal of Douglas County’s Highlands Ranch High School. Page has been with the district for about 18 years.
- Mary Young, superintendent of Warren County Schools in Warren, North Carolina. Young has been in education for 20 years, with experience in large urban districts on the East Coast.
The top four were chosen from a pool of 103 candidates, according to an announcement. On April 12 and 13, they will participate in panel interviews with school staff, parents and students, as well as business and community leaders. A community forum at 5 p.m. April 13 will be broadcast on the district YouTube channel.
Thereafter, the board expects to announce a sole finalist during its meeting on April 20. That person will succeed Thomas Tucker, who resigned in September.
Douglas County is just the latest to announce who might fill the top position in the district, after a year that saw higher than usual turnover among school leaders because of COVID-19. Poudre School District recently announced three finalists for the job, all of which come from outside the state. Jeffco Public Schools and Cherry Creek School District announced sole finalists in March.
Denver Public Schools, the largest district in Colorado, has yet to name any top candidates, but expects to make a selection by June.
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