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Crowded field for state superintendent position contains many Nevada applicants

Jackie Valley
Jackie Valley
The back end of a Clark County School bus

Thirty-three people have applied to become Nevada’s next superintendent of public instruction, including many names already familiar in the state.

One applicant even held the job several years ago. James Guthrie, who served as state superintendent for one year before abruptly resigning in 2013, threw his name in the pool. He’s one of at least 23 applicants who have a current or prior tie to Nevada, according to information provided in their resumes.

Brett Barley, the state’s former deputy superintendent, also applied for the gig. Since August, Barley has been superintendent of Wonderful College Prep Academy in Delano, California.

Several employees from Nevada school districts are vying for the state’s top education post as well. Among them: Tammy Malich, assistant superintendent in the Clark County School District; Carrie Buck, president of The Pinecrest Foundation; Dan Wold, superintendent of the Eureka County School District; Kristen McNeill, deputy superintendent in the Washoe County School District; and John Anzalone, principal of Sierra Vista High School in Las Vegas.

Two applicants applied to be the superintendent of the Clark County School District last year. They are Jhone Ebert, senior deputy commissioner with the New York State Education Department, and Donald Haddad, superintendent of St. Vrain Valley Schools in Colorado. Ebert spent the rest of her career working in the Clark County School District.

A spreadsheet assembled by state education officials indicates that 28 of the candidates meet the minimum job qualifications.

The State Board of Education plans to interview a handful of candidates during a March 12 meeting. Three finalists will be forwarded to Gov. Steve Sisolak for consideration. The state superintendent is a governor-appointed position.

Former state Superintendent Steve Canavero resigned in January. Jonathan Moore is serving as the interim state superintendent.


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