"We feel we have a very strong, qualified and diverse pool of finalists, that have proven records in raising academic achievement scores and in fiscal management," said Board President Barbara Clark. "The quality of the people who are interested in becoming the next WCSD Superintendent is extremely high. Given that, we're very confident we will have a high-caliber person in the Super- intendent's chair." The Board is being assisted in the selection process by Bay Area executive search consultant Jim Huge.
There were 27 applicants for the post, representing 13 states. Five of the applicants came from California, five came from Nevada.
The six finalists will be in Reno during the period of April 21 through April 23 for personal interviews with the Trustees.
They will also have opportunities to meet WCSD staff and members of the community. Details of the forums for community members will be posted on the WCSD website and publicized through the media.
The finalists (in alphabetical order) are:
Lawrence W. Fryer, Jr., currently Chief Operating Officer, Prince George's County Public Schools, Maryland, previously Senior Managing Consultant, IBM Global Business Services.
Edmond T. Heatley, currently Superintendent of Schools, Chino Valley Unified School District, Chino, CA, previously Associate Superintendent (Personnel) Oceanside Unified School District, Oceanside, CA
Matthew H. Malone, currently Superintendent of Schools, Swampscott Public Schools, Swampscott, MA, previously Special Assistant to the Superintendent, San Diego City Schools, San Diego, CA.
Vincent Matthews, currently State Administrator/Superintendent, Oakland Unified School District, Oakland, CA, previously Chief of Staff
Oakland Unified School District, Oakland, CA.
Hector Montenegro, currently education consultant, Arlington, TX, previously Superintendent, Arlington Independent School District, Arlington, TX and Superintendent, Yselta Independent School District, El Paso, TX
Kimberly D. Olson, currently Chief Human Development Officer, Dallas
Independent School District, Dallas TX, previously Colonel, United States
Air Force, Washington D.C.