Thursday, March 31, 2011

Superintendent Finalists Named

The three finalists for Jordan District Superintendent were announced.  They are Gregory Hudnall, associate superintendent of student services for Provo School District; Samuel Ray, principal of Provo High; and Patrice Johnson, associate superintendent of schools for Clark County School District in Las Vegas.  An open house to meet the candidates will be Thursday, April 14 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the ASB Auditorium.  The Board expects to announce the new superintendent on April 19.

See Tribune article and the Jordan District website for additional information.  I found pictures of two of the candidates on their current work websites:  Samuel Ray at Provo High and Patrice Johnson of Clark County School District.

The following is from Karen Gorringe, Elementary Teacher on the Superintdent Search Committee.

"Dr. Greg Hudnall is currently associate superintendent of Provo City School District. He is very dynamic, and I felt like applauding after his interview. He is very inspiring and wants the challenge of making Jordan District the best. He started his interview by stating, 'I get up early each morning and can't wait to get to work.' He loves public education. In addition to that, he gets the legislative thing. He understands how and why we are struggling. He put in place a 10 and 20-year plan for Provo District to plan for the future. What a concept.

Dr. Patrice 'Patsy' Johnson is currently associate superintendent of the Clark County School District in Las Vegas, Nevada. Very dynamic lady. She wants to move here, because she states that she understands that our people are the most valuable resource. I also think she is very competitive and wants to make us the best in the country. However, she is proven, as well, the things that she has been able to accomplish in Vegas are great.

Dr. Sam Ray is currently principal at Provo High School. He is a Huntsman Award Winner as Principal. The reason? He knows how to keep kids in school and make more of what they are getting out of school. He has a program that he brought to his school that takes students international to projects. Very similar to senior projects only better with a humanitarian effort. In addition, he has a good working relationship with legislators. He also has done lots of research on our district and knows many strengths and how to fix weaknesses. Biggest thing, he will be in the schools. He is a people person."

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