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Three Finalist Candidates Named in Superintendent Search


The Snoqualmie Valley School District Board of Directors interviewed nine semifinalists in the Superintendent Search process, on Monday and Tuesday this week, May 21 and 22.  During the first-round interviews, a panel of 16 observers watched the interviews and provided written feedback for the Board to consider.


As a result, the Board has selected the following three finalists to advance in the process.  Listed alphabetically below, click on their names for a photo and biography of each candidate provided by Ray & Associates:

  • Mr. Brett Barley, Deputy State Superintendent of Nevada State Department of Education from Carson City, Nevada
  • Dr. Robert Manahan, Superintendent of Peninsula School District in Gig Harbor, Washington
  • Dr. Rick Robins, Superintendent of Juab School District in Nephi, Utah


Next Steps

The finalists have been invited for a second round of interviews with the School Board, next Tuesday, May 29.  District administrators, principals and assistant principals will also have an opportunity to meet each finalist during question and answer forums that day.


Meet the candidates:  The public and all staff are invited to meet the finalists at Town Hall meetings on May 29, from 4-6:30 p.m., at the Snoqualmie Fire Station.  Attendees will have a chance to meet each finalist, submit questions for the candidates to address, and provide written feedback for the School Board to consider.


Later that evening, the School Board plans to take action to name the next superintendent for the Snoqualmie Valley School District, during a public School Board special meeting, starting at 7:30 p.m. at the District Office.  The new superintendent hired will be announced on the district website the next morning.


"The Board was very impressed with the quantity of applicants for this opportunity, and the quality of the semifinalists we interviewed this week.  We want to thank the observers to this process for their time and valuable feedback.  We look forward to continuing our conversations with the finalists on May 29, and considering the feedback from others who meet them at the Town Meetings and Administrative Forums,” said School Board President Carolyn Simpson.  


Consultants Ray & Associates, who are facilitating the national search, reported the firm had contacted over 1,070 individuals in 47 states since the process began. As a result, 60 candidates applied for the Snoqualmie Valley superintendent position. The School Board then interviewed nine semi-finalists (six men and three women representing three ethnic groups,) before narrowing the selection to these three finalists.


For background information on the hiring process, visit the Superintendent Search webpage on the district website.


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