Two of the three finalists for the position of Friday Harbor Elementary School principal are currently working in Montana, the third is presently employed in the Marysville School District. Interviews are set for March 26, 28, 29.
Jerry Bauer: Monday, March 25. Bauer has served in the role of elementary school principal in Montana and in Wisconsin. He is currently working in the Education Department at Montana State University.
Diane Ball: Thursday, March 28. Ball served nearly 20 years at an elementary teacher in the Conway School District in Skagit County. She is currently in her ninth year as an Assistant Principal in the Marysville School District.
Matthew Holshouser: Friday March 29. Holshouser is an experienced elementary school teacher and is currently serving as an Assistant Principal in Livingston, Montana.
The FHES principal search committee interviewed nine semi-finalist candidates March 12 and 13, 2013. Each candidate was given an hour to answer 20 questions which directly relate to their ability to perform in the elementary position. The committee is made up of FHES staff, district administrators, and community representation.
Every search committee member scored and ranked all nine candidates, and after discussion, the committee decided to ask Bauer, Ball, and Holshouser to return to a full day visit as a finalist. The goal is to spend their time getting to know us and for us to get to know them better.
The full day interviews will consist of a writing exercise, conversations with district staff, and several hours at the FHES site to meet with students and staff.
A parent/community presentation opportunity for each finalist will take place at 6 p.m. in the FHES Library the day of their interview.
Each leader brings a great deal of insight and leadership to the role of principal and to public education. If you would like to see more detailed paperwork on each candidate, please let us know. The search committee will reconvene following the finalist interviews to discuss a job offer.
The school district would like to receive your feedback on each candidate on a form created for your input.