School board interviews seven semi-finalists for superintendent spot

School board interviews seven semi-finalists for superintendent spot

Members of the Mercer Island School Board recently conducted 45-minute Zoom interviews with the seven semi-finalist candidates vying to succeed retired school district superintendent Donna Colosky at the end of this school year.

By the March 1 application deadline, the jury had assembled 25 qualified applicants and narrowed the field to semi-finalists during a 10-hour executive session on March 7 with research consultant Lydia Musher. Board chair Maggie Tai Tucker and Musher had previously reviewed the group of 25 by phone.

Semi-finalist interviews took place on March 9 and 10, and after conducting reference checks, Tucker and Musher plan to announce the names of the three finalists on March 17. Finalist interviews are scheduled for March 21.

“Applicants will visit schools, speak with the board and participate in evening community sessions open to the public in person and via Zoom,” Tucker wrote in an online letter to the school community.

They plan to make their final selection in April, according to Tucker.

For more information on Community Sessions and to register, visit

Session attendees will complete a feedback survey and the board will review those responses before discussing and voting on a final selection, Tucker wrote.

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