In the search to fill the district’s top administrative position, Lawrence school board members hope to whittle the field down to three people after this weekend.
“We read through the applications, and they’re strong, good candidates. … I’m feeling really good about the potential,” board member Linda Robinson said.
The board is searching for a replacement to begin next school year in place of the retiring Superintendent Randy Weseman, who is stepping down this summer. Weseman has led the district since 2000, and has worked in the district for 33 years.
The board and its search firm, Hazard, Young, Attea and Associates, have not publicly identified the six candidates who were selected from 30 applicants.
Officials did say all six have ties to Kansas, and all are superintendents. Four of them work in the state.
Board members will conduct interviews this weekend and attempt to have three final candidates emerge to undergo more extensive interviews next week, including with teachers, staff members and other groups.
“It’s really kind of a relief that the pool is so strong. On paper people really look good,” Robinson said.
But that will make the interviews important as board members try to find the next superintendent from among the six candidates, she said.
Board members have worked with the search firm most of the school year since Weseman announced he would step down. Now, with a group of six candidates in the fold, the board could likely introduce the next superintendent sometime in March, Robinson said.
“We’re kind of on the final stretch, really,” she said.