Walla Walla School Board down to three for new chief

Interviews are planned this week as the board works to replace Rich Carter, who is retiring.

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WALLA WALLA -- The Walla Walla School Board will hold a series of meetings this week to conduct interviews before choosing its next superintendent.

On Saturday, the board announced its top three candidates to replace outgoing Superintendent Richard Carter, who is retiring at the end of the school year. The candidates are Bob Keuhl, assistant superintendent of the Tumwater School District; John Steach, assistant superintendent of the Richland School District; and Mick Miller, superintendent of the Deer Park School District.

The special board meetings launch today at 6:30 p.m. with the board immediately going into an executive session to conduct an interview. The board will meet in the superintendent's conference room at the district offices, 364 S. Park St. The board will meet until about 8:30 p.m., and meet again Wednesday from 6:30-8:30 p.m. The board plans to meet one more time, Thursday at 6:30 p.m., concluding about 9:30 p.m. The board is expected to announce the new superintendent Thursday night.

Each meeting is an executive session and closed to the public, but the board will break into a public session Thursday at 9:30 p.m. to discuss and announce the new superintendent. The board plans to interview Keuhl today, Steach on Wednesday, and Miller on Thursday.

The public will also have a chance to meet the three candidates this week. Keuhl will be available to meet with residents today from 5-6:30 p.m. Steach will meet with the public Wednesday from 5-6:30 p.m., and Miller will be available Thursday, also from 5-6:30 p.m. All meetings with the candidates will be held in the district's board room at 364 S. Park St.

Maria P. Gonzalez can be reached at mariagonzalez@wwub.com or 526-8317. Check out her blog at blogs.ublabs.org/schoolhousemissives.

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