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Three finalists chosen for Tukwila school superintendent; meetings set

The Tukwila School District Board of Directors has chosen the top three candidates for the final round of superintendent interviews.

The school district announced on its website the three candidates, all Washington school administrators. The next step in the process is for each candidate to spend one full day visiting schools and meeting administrators and representatives from various union groups. In the afternoon, each candidate will give a presentation to the community.

The three candidates chosen are Anthony Byrd, the assistant superintendent of the Edmonds School District who will present on March 27; Mellody Matthes, the interim superintendent of the Tukwila School District who will present March 28, and Nancy Coogan, executive director of schools at Seattle Public Schools who will present March 29.

Community members are encouraged to attend each presentation at 3:40 p.m. at Showalter Library. Response forms will be provided for public feedback.

The four-month-long search for the new superintendent is expected to end within a week with the new superintendent being chosen by April 1. The new superintendent will replace Dr. Ethelda Burke, who resigned in July.

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