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The Lake Washington School District (LWSD) Board of Directors has selected Dr. Jane Stavem to be the next Lake Washington School District Superintendent. From an impressive pool of applicants, Dr. Stavem emerged as the top choice to lead the district.

The Lake Washington School District Board of Directors interviewed five semifinalists in the Superintendent Search process on Friday, June 22. As a result, the Board has selected three finalists to advance in the process.

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    Three Finalist Candidates Named in Superintendent Search


    Meet the Candidates at Town Hall – June 28 from 5:30-8:30 at LWSD Resource Center

    Redmond, Wash. - The Lake Washington School District Board of Directors interviewed five semifinalists in the Superintendent Search process on Friday, June 22. As a result, the Board has selected the following three finalists to advance in the process. Listed alphabetically below, click on their names for a photo and biography of each candidate provided by Ray & Associates:

    • Dr. Paul Gordon, Superintendent of Glen Ellyn School District 41 in Glen Ellyn, Illinois
    • Dr. Erin Prince, Former Vice President of Education Policy, Chalkboard Project in Portland, Oregon
    • Dr. Jane Stavem, Associate Superintendent for Instruction at Lincoln Public Schools in Lincoln, Nebraska

    Next Steps:

    The public is invited to attend a Town Hall with each of the finalists on Thursday, June 28 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at the LWSD Resource Center (16250 NE 74th Street, Redmond, WA 98052) in the Board Room. The Town Hall will also be streamed live from the Superintendent Search section of the LWSD website. There will be an opportunity for community members to provide feedback on each candidate to the School Board via the “Candidate Impression Form” that will be available on the website as well.

    The finalists will have a final interview with the School Board next Friday, June 29. Later that evening, the School Board plans to take action to name the next superintendent for Lake Washington School District, during a public School Board special meeting, starting at 6 p.m. at the District Office. The new superintendent hired will be announced on the district website that evening.

    "The Board was very impressed with the quantity of applicants for this opportunity, and the quality of the semifinalists we interviewed today,” said LWSD Board of Directors President Siri Bliesner. “We look forward to continuing our conversations with the finalists on June 29, and considering the feedback from others who meet them at the Town Hall meetings.”

    Consultants Ray & Associates, who are facilitating the national search, reported the firm had contacted over 1,110 individuals in 48 states since the process began. As a result, 58 candidates applied for the LWSD superintendent position, from which the School Board interviewed five semi-finalists before narrowing the selection to these three finalists.

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    Lake Washington School District is a high-performing public school district serving Kirkland, Redmond, and Sammamish, Washington. It is the third largest district in the state of Washington, with over 29,500 students in 52 schools.