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State Board of Education unveils search timeline for new superintendent

Jackie Valley
Jackie Valley

Nevada’s next state superintendent should be someone who is “strongly committed to education reform,” a team player, effective communicator and capable of working with large budgets.

Those are some of the qualifications outlined in a draft job description posted as a State Board of Education meeting material as the governing body launches a search for Nevada’s next top education official. The job comes with a salary of up to $139,591 as well as benefits and legislatively authorized annual increases.

Former state Superintendent Steve Canavero announced his resignation last month, citing personal reasons. His last day was Wednesday. His successor will be appointed by Gov. Steve Sisolak after the state board submits a list of three candidates to him.

The first step is a public board meeting Feb. 15, during which the state trustees will receive input about desired job skills and appoint a search committee. An updated job description will be posted online after the meeting.

The board will accept resumes from Feb. 15 through March 1. The search committee then will meet March 5 to select six candidates for interviews with the state board at its March 12 meeting. The board anticipates it will select three candidates during that meeting to pass along to the governor for consideration.

“Ensuring that the Governor has highly qualified candidates for his selection to run the Nevada Department of Education is one of the most important duties we have as a board,” Board President Elaine Wynn said in a statement. “Our board has been in contact with Governor Sisolak and we are working diligently to ensure that we move forward in a thoughtful and timely fashion.”

Sisolak appointed Jonathan Moore as the interim state superintendent on Wednesday. Moore has served as deputy superintendent of student achievement within the department since November. Before that, he worked as a deputy associate superintendent of K-12 academic standards in the Arizona Department of Education.

The hunt for a new state superintendent comes during the midst of the 2019 legislative session, where education is expected to be a large topic.


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