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District unveils finalists
"The South Kitsap School District released the identities of the five first-round superintendent candidates selected by the school board during executive session May 29.Three of the five candidates hail from locales as far away as Springfield, Mo.; Casper, Wyo. and Reno, Nev. One is the principal of a school in the Spokane School District and the fifth candidate is South Kitsap's own assistant superintendent of curriculum and instructional services.The first public candidate interview was conducted yesterday at the district office - a last-minute change moved the candidate from the June 6 lineup because of a scheduling conflict. Two more public interviews will be held tonight, the first at 5 p.m. and the second at 6 p.m., at the South Kitsap School District administrative offices. The final two will be tomorrow evening, again at 5 p.m. and 6 p.m.Following the June 7 public interview, the school board will adjourn into executive session to further cull the group to a final cut of candidates to invite for a second round of interviews.The hopefuls include:* Stanley J. Olson, Ed.D., is currently the superintendent at the 12,000-student Natrona County School District, in Casper, Wyo. Prior to assuming the position in 1997, he served as the assistant superintendent and program director in the Kalamazoo Public Schools in Michigan.Olson said in addition to his 30-year career in education, he has experience in school-community relations, developing graduate courses, conference sessions, seminars, training programs and opinion surveys. He also has planned and developed educational exchange programs between the United States and China.Olson was named Wyoming Superintendent of the Year in 2000, he received the Honorary Lifetime Membership Award from the Wyoming PTA in 1999 and he received the 1998 Wyoming Administrator of the Year award.He listed as his areas of expertise: kindergarten through 12th grade system leadership, resolving internal and external relations problems, design, delivery and evaluation of program to improve relationships with staff and the public and proficiency in research, presentations, workshops and training sessions with institutional employees.* Beverly Cheney, Ph.D., is currently the senior director of educational assessment and accountability for the Washoe County School District in Reno, Nev.In that position, Cheney oversees student testing and assessment, student accounting, government affairs, school planning, student attendance and research and evaluation. She and her staff supervise state and district-mandated assessments of the district's 65,600 students. She coordinates with parents, community members and legislators to provide data on student attendance, state enrollment, legislative activity, review and revision of district policy and updating of demographic and rezoning activities.Prior to moving to Reno to assume the senior director position, Cheney worked in various administrative positions in the Kent School District in Washington. She was the assistant superintendent of elementary and instructional services, overseeing 26 elementary schools, the instructional services department and the Community Connections department.She served as the Community Connections executive director, coordinating public relations for the district.She said she has experience facilitating collaborative activities with students, staff, parents, community members and businesses. She sees her major responsibility as capitalizing on good intent and providing the support that will enable all students and staff to reach their potential.* Janice Duncan, Ph.D., is currently an associate superintendent for the Springfield Public Schools, in Springfield, Mo.Duncan oversees 21 schools in a district of 24,400 students. She served as an associate professor of special education at Ball State University in Muncie, Ind., for four years. She served as an administrator of special programs in northeast Colorado before returning to Springfield to take the position of Director of Special Education.She said she has received regular promotions and responsibilities specializing in services for at-risk students.* Michael Duncan, in the process of earning an Ed.D from Washington State University, is the executive director of NorthWest Area Schools in the Spokane School District. He supervises 16 schools in the northwest area of the district - two high schools, two middle schools and twelve elementary schools. He oversees a third of a 31,000-student district.He opened a new high school and was the principal of Mount Spokane High School in the Mead School District, he served as the principal of Shadle Park High School in the Spokane School District and he served as assistant principal of curriculum and instruction at Shadle Park before becoming principal.Prior to his administrative positions, Dunn was a social studies teacher and head boys basketball coach at Lewis and Clark High School and Ritzville High School.* Bill Wyant is currently the assistant superintendent for curriculum and instructional services for the South Kitsap School District. He oversees 15 buildings accommodating students from pre-kindergarten through the twelfth grade, as well as all student learning programs and services, including special education, ESL, professional technical education, gifted and talented programs and Title 1/LAP programs.Prior to the assistant superintendent position, he served as principal at John Sedgwick Junior High, principal and assistant principal at Orchard Heights Elementary and as a teacher in the South Kitsap School District and in Eastern Washington. "