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Three finalists chosen for our next superintendent

Following preliminary interviews with six semi-finalists on Saturday, April 13, our Board of Directors announced the three finalist candidates for the district’s next superintendent. 

Dr. Helen Joung

Helen Joung, Ed.D.
Assistant Superintendent 
Edmonds School District

April 16 Zoom Webinar

Dr. Christine Moloney

Christine Moloney, Ed.D.
Superintendent
Chehalis School District

April 17 Zoom Webinar

Dr. Mary Templeton

Mary Templeton, Ed.D.
Superintendent
Washougal School District

April 18 Zoom Webinar

"Throughout the interview process, we have been thoroughly impressed by the exceptional caliber of candidates aspiring to lead our district,” said Mari Taylor, Lake Stevens School District Board President. “Each semifinalist showcased a clear understanding of what sets Lake Stevens apart as an exceptional learning environment, along with a keen awareness of the opportunities and challenges we face moving forward. I want to extend my sincere gratitude to our students, employees, families, and community members for their invaluable participation in this process. Their engagement is crucial as we move forward together in choosing the next leader for our school district.”

Each finalist will spend a day visiting the district, and meeting with students and employees before an evening community forum from 6 to 7 p.m. on April 16, 17 & 18. Participants may attend the forum in-person at the Educational Services Center (ESC), or via Zoom. A detailed finalist schedule is available below.

Community members were encouraged to submit questions for the finalist interviews before 5 p.m. on Monday, April 15. The form for receiving these questions is now closed.

The board expects to announce the new superintendent in an open public meeting after deliberations on Friday, April 19 beginning at 9 a.m. at the ESC. The new superintendent will begin their role on July 1, when Dr. Ken Collins retires.

Feedback forms for the finalists

Interview Time Candidate
Tuesday,
April 16 at 6 p.m.

Helen Joung, Ed.D.
Assistant Superintendent 
Edmonds School District

April 16 Zoom Webinar

Wednesday,
April 17 at 6 p.m.

Christine Moloney, Ed.D.
Superintendent
Chehalis School District

April 17 Zoom Webinar

Thursday,
April 18 at 6 p.m.

Mary Templeton, Ed.D.
Superintendent
Washougal School District

April 18 Zoom Webinar

 

Finalist Schedule - April 16, 17 & 18

April 10, 2024

We're excited to invite our students, employees, families, and community members to meet our superintendent finalists.

  • Employees: Please choose the time that best fits your role.
  • Public forum: Participants are invited to attend in-person, or via Zoom.

Your participation is crucial in shaping our district's future, and we look forward to your valuable insights.

The Finalist Schedule (PDF) is available for download.

Time Department / Group Location
6:45 a.m. Candidate meets with Consultant  
7 to 7:45 a.m. LSSD Cabinet Team Board Room A
7:45 to 8:05 a.m. Superintendent Ken Collins Superintendent's Office
8:15 to 8:55 a.m. Student-led tour of campus and Q&A North Lake Middle School
9:05 to 9:50 a.m. Student-led tour of campus and Q&A Lake Stevens High School
10 to 10:40 a.m. Student-led tour of campus and Q&A Stevens Creek Elementary
11 to 11:45 a.m. Student-led tour of campus and Q&A Cavelero Mid High School
11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Lunch with Principals (no more than 12) Cavelero Mid High - Upstairs staff room
12:45 to 1:25 p.m. Student-led tour of campus and Q&A Glenwood Elementary
1:40 to 2:10 p.m. District Office Staff (including Supervisors and Managers) Board Room A
2:15 to 3 p.m.

Food Service / Bus Drivers / Grounds / Technology / Safety / Warehouse / OP

Non-instructional PSE members

Board Room A
3:10 to 3:45 p.m. Student Advisory Council Board Room A
4 to 4:45 p.m. Staff - Certificated and Paraeducators Board Room A
5 to 5:55 p.m. Executive Session
Dinner with School Board Members, candidate & spouse
ESC Upstairs Conference Room
6 to 7 p.m. Public Forum / Interviews Board Room A
7 to 8:30 p.m. Executive Session
Board Interview with Finalist (1 hr. interview; 30 min. discussion)
ESC Upstairs Conference Room

Past Updates

Superintendent Search Timeline

April 

  • 13: Preliminary interviews
  • 16-18: Final interviews and background checks
  • 19: Announcement of selection

July

  • New superintendent begins