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CCSD announces 4 finalists for superintendent

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The emblem for the Clark County School District is shown in an undated image. (File/FOX5) The emblem for the Clark County School District is shown in an undated image. (File/FOX5)

The Clark County School District's Board of School Trustees announced four finalists for the open superintendent position.

One finalist is Donald D. Haddad. Haddad is the current superintendent of the St. Vrain Valley School District in Longmont Colorado, near Boulder. He's been in charge since 2009 after working as a principal and in other leadership positions in the same district. According to media reports, Haddad was named superintendent of the year in 2013 by the National Association of School Superintendents.

Another candidate is Shonda Huery Hardman. Hardman is currently a coach and consultant for FranklinCovey. She is the only candidate without experience as a superintendent, but she has held leadership roles in Houston, Chicago and Boston school districts. 

Jesus Jara is the deputy superintended for Orange County Public Schools in Orlando. Before taking that role, he was superintendent at Monroe County Public Schools, also in Florida. At the time, the Orlando Sentinel reported Jara had clashed with unions in Monroe County over raises and furloughs. 

The final candidate is John Deasy. Deasy served as superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District for three-and-a-half years before stepping down in 2014. Media outlets like the New York Times reported on a rocky tenure for Deasy there, citing controversial incidents like paying $1.3 billion to buy an iPad for every student in the district. CCSD said Deasy now works as the CEO of the Reset Foundation, but the organizations website has a message reading "In November 2017, persistent property challenges combined with financial constraints led us to the difficult decision to suspend our program and operations."

CCSD said the candidates were recruited and vetted by Ray and Associates, a firm hired by the Board of School Trustees. There were 77 applications submitted for the position. Three candidates were scheduled to be interviewed on April 13, and the fourth on April 16. Community meetings were scheduled for Saturday, April 14 at 10 a.m. and Monday, April 16 at 11:30 a.m. in the board room.

The trustees said they plan to vote on the superintendent on April 19.

The trustees said they hope the candidate can begin his or her duties in June when the current superintendent Pat Skorkowsky plans to retire.

Board of School Trustees President Deanna L. Wright said, “We are encouraging the public to get involved in this process. The new superintendent will be the educational leader for 321,000 students, 358 schools and 40,000 employees, pushing to continue to increase student achievement, close achievement gaps, and engage with the community.”

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