Richland School Board Announces Superintendent Finalists

Richland School Board Announces Superintendent Finalists

The Richland School Board has selected the finalists under consideration to be the district’s next superintendent when Superintendent Dr. Rick Schulte retires on June 30.

The finalists are:

  • Dr. Alexa Cunningham, currently superintendent of Salt Lake City School District in Utah where she has been since 2016. Her educational career spans nearly 30 years, starting as a classroom teacher. She spent most of her career in Arizona schools as a teacher, principal, senior district and state-level administrator.
  • Mark Davidson, who has been superintendent/CEO of Medicine Hat School Division in Alberta, Canada since 2016. He has worked in education since 1992, starting as a middle school teacher before becoming a school administrator followed by district- and province-level posts. He also has served in the Canadian Armed Forces for 13 years.
  • Dr. Carole Meyer, deputy superintendent of Moses Lake School District, a position she has held since 2017. She has spent the bulk of her nearly 30-year career in Spokane schools, where she taught as a special education teacher and served as a principal at several schools.
  • Dr. Jon Holmen, who has been deputy superintendent of Lake Washington School District outside Seattle since 2017. He has spent his entire career in Lake Washington schools, starting as a student teacher in 1998. After several years in the classroom, he serving as a principal before entering district administration where he worked in special education and staff and student support.

Hank Harris of Human Capital Enterprises assisted the Board in collecting and screening several dozen applications, which came from regional, state and out-of-state candidates. Board members conducted first-round interviews with six candidates on March 6. The Board will next conduct background and reference checks and discussions with colleagues of the finalists in their current district.

The Board invites the community to meet the finalists when each spends a day in Richland to tour schools and meet with staff. Public forums will be from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. March 24-27. Stay tuned for details on how to participate virtually as our community responds to the novel coronavirus COVID-19.