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Board selecting superintendent finalists in Thursday meeting

We should know by sometime Thursday who the finalists are for the job of Kenai Peninsula Borough School District superintendent.

The board of education is taking a special meeting Thursday morning at 9 to go over the applicants and whittle them down to the ones the board would like to interview. 

The presentations will be behind closed doors in executive session, but the board will adjourn into regular session to announce the finalists. Each one will be offered an in-person interview.

Superintendent Sean Dusek is leaving the job at the end of June.

To help guide the board, the school district held an online survey in February to determine the qualities most desired by residents. In the results, which have been released online, a total of 245 people responded — 65 percent of them from the Central Peninsula. 

Possessing interpersonal skills was the top attribute desired by respondents, with a ranking of nearly 8 out of 10. Close behind was a “strong commitment” to a student-first philosophy, followed by possessing an “exemplary standard of integrity” and other personal attributes.

Having prior teaching or administrating experience in Alaska came in second to fiscal knowledge, followed by the ability to manage staff effectively, as the top responses to what demonstrated skills a superintendent should have. 

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