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Community invited to public session with superintendent finalists May 21


A full day of interviews and meetings for two superintendent finalists concludes with a public session in the Tahoma High School performing arts center, beginning at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, May 21. Candidates will answer questions submitted by staff and community members.

The School Board on Saturday interviewed six candidates for the position of superintendent, and selected two finalists who will move forward in the process. The finalists are Tony Giurado and Dr. Doug Hostetter. The national search brought in 33 applicants.

Giurado has been the Chief Academic Officer of the Mesa County Valley School District in Grand Junction, Colorado since 2014. Student enrollment in that district is about 22,000. Giurado formerly served in the positions of executive director of School Effectiveness, community superintendent, and executive director of School Management for Jeffco Public Schools in Golden, Colorado from 2006-2014. He started as an elementary music teacher in 1991 before moving into the roles of assistant principal and principal until 2006.

Hostetter has been the Executive Director of Secondary Education for Tacoma Public Schools in Tacoma since 2015. Student enrollment in Tacoma is about 29,000. Before assuming his current role, Hostetter served as director of High School Education in Tacoma from 2013-2015. He began his career as a science teacher in 1986 before serving as a dean of students in the Kent School District, an assistant principal in the Auburn School District and principal of Kentwood High School in Covington.

On Monday, the two candidates are invited to take part in an all-day interview process with interview panels made up of parents, students, staff, community leaders, administrators and School Board members. Candidates will have the chance to tour the school district, and will wrap up their day with a public meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Monday in the performing arts center at Tahoma High School. Giurado and Hostetter will answer questions that were submitted by members of the public. Those who attend may fill out comments cards, which the School Board will review before beginning to deliberate.

The School Board will consider all the feedback from the panelists and community members who attend the public session, as well as the answers that candidates gave during interviews today. The board is expected to make a final decision by May 24, if not sooner. Current Superintendent Rob Morrow retires on June 30.

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