OPS Announces Three Finalists For Superintendent

The Douglas County Board of Education has announced the three finalists for the open Omaha Public Schools superintendent position. They are Mark Evans, Stephen Murley and Carey Wright.

OPS has been trying to find a replacement since August when John Mackiel retired after 15 years.

Evans is a native of Kansas, who over the past seven years has served as interim superintendent, associate superintendent and deputy superintendent of Wichita Public Schools. Evans has spent 17 years as an administrative leader in Wichita Public Schools. He is completing his eighth year as superintendent of Andover Public, the second fastest growing district in Kansas.

Murley was appointed to the position of superintendent of Iowa City Community Schools in April 2010 and formally assumed this position on July 1, 2010. As of Tuesday, the Cedar Rapids Gazette reported the Iowa City School Board approved a new contract for Murley worth nearly $200,000, but the contract has not yet been signed. OPS School Board President Freddie Gray tells Channel 6 News that the offer will not affect the board's decision. In fact, the employer of each candidate knows about the potential job in Omaha.

Wright is the chief academic officer for the District of Columbia Public Schools, a position she's held since June 2010. Before that, Wright was employed as the deputy chief for the office of teaching and learning.

On December 11th, 12th and 13th, the board will conduct final interviews with the candidates and they will name a finalist on the 17th. We have a chance to meet the candidates. Murley will do a meet and greet at the Board of Education building Tuesday from 4:30-6 p.m. Wright will do the same on Wednesday and Evans on Thursday. The meetings will include a 20-minute presentation by each candidate followed questions taken from the public.

“We want them to know we have three excellent candidates, their qualifications are wonderful for our district, we want their input as we did last time,” said Gray.

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