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Craig School Board announces finalists: Three being considered for superintendent position

KETCHIKAN (KDN) — The Craig City School Board has announced that they have selected three individuals as finalists in the search for a new superintendent.

According to a press release from the school, the board conducted a nationwide search and contracted with the Association of Alaska Boards to facilitate the process.

The finalists are Patrick Manning of King Salmon; Melissa Reese of Valdez; and Chris Reitan of Galena.

Manning has been the assistant superintendent for Lake and Peninsula School District since 2016. Prior to that, he was the human resource director in Lake and Peninsula. From 2001 to 2015, he was a school administrator in Cassia County School District in Burley, Idaho; followed by North Slope, and finally Lake and Pen. He has an Alaska superintendent endorsement and holds a master’s degree in educational administration from the University of Phoenix and a master’s degree in counseling from Idaho State University.

Reese is currently the district technology director, and has been since 2012. She is also an elementary principal at Valdez City Schools in Valdez. She’s been with the district since 1997 and was the director of educational services from 2012-2014. Before that, she was a classroom teacher. Reese obtained her Alaska superintendent certification from the University of Alaska Southeast, according to the press release. She has a master’s degree in educational technology from the University of Alaska Anchorage.

Reitan has been the superintendent for Galena School District since 2011. Prior to that he was the assistant superintendent, a principal and the assistant principal and teacher; all with the Galena School District, according to the press release. He also has been an adjunct professor at University of Alaska Fairbanks. Reitan holds both an Alaska superintendent certification as well as a principal certificate, both from UAA. He earned a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from UAF.

The finalists were invited to Craig for on-site interviews to be held Feb. 26 and Feb. 27. Candidates will tour the community, visit the schools and attend a community candidate forum on Feb. 26 at Craig High School, according to the press release.

The board intends to make an announcement on their choice of a new superintendent as soon as possible following the final interviews and deliberations on Feb. 27 or, if needed, Feb.  28. The new superintendent is expected to start on or before July 1.