Superintendent interviews, community meetings set for three finalists

ARLINGTON The Arlington School District Board of Directors has selected three candidates to interview for the position of Superintendent of Arlington Public Schools, and the community will get to ask them questions Feb. 12-14.
Christine Burgess of Spokane, Warren Hopkins of Arlington and Kristine McDuffy of Conway each have educational experience in the local community.
Burgess has worked as assistant superintendent of Lake Stevens from 1999-2005 and superintendent of East Valley from 2005-2007. From 1978-1999, she worked in Marysville, first as a teacher until 1987, and then as a principal for the rest of her years in the school district. She began teaching in Riverview in 1973.
Hopkins has worked in Arlington since 1995, first as principal of Arlington High School until 2000, then as assistant superintendent of the school district until 2005, and as deputy superintendent of the district since. He began teaching at Richland High School and also worked as a principal at Soap Lake High School, from 1986-1988, and Lake Center High School, from 1988-1995.
McDuffy has worked at Western Washington University since 2003, and prior to that, had worked in Lakewood since 1989, first as a principal until 1998, then as superintendent for the rest of her years in the school district. She began teaching in Shoreline in 1983.
The board developed criteria specific to their goals for the ASD, with assistance from the executive recruitment and development firm of McPherson and Jacobson LLC., input from school district employees, parents, students, community members, and business and civic leaders. The board then evaluated the pool of applicants based on those criteria and selected the three finalists they considered most qualified.
ASD Public Information Coordinator Misti Gilman explained that the board is seeking additional input from its constituents as part of its interview process, through target group forums with staff, administrators, students and community members.
The community is invited to participate in question-and-answer forums with candidates from 4:45-6 p.m., at Haller Middle School Library, on 600 E. First Street, on the following dates; Feb. 12 for Hopkins, Feb. 13 for Burgess and Feb. 14 and McDuffy.
After these interviews, group forums and site visits, the board intends to announce their decision by March 1.
Community members interested in participating but unable to attend should contact Gilman at 360-618-6207 to discuss alternatives.

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