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NAMPA -- Parents and faculty in the Nampa School District will get the chance to meet the next superintendent of Nampa schools Monday night.

The two men left standing were picked from a long list of candidates, and soon the board will zero in on just one.

However, as most already know, the district has seen its struggles.

The job to be filled is not an easy one.

It's been quite a trip for the Nampa School District since learning the budget was millions in the hole back in 2012, and those with the district have worked to solve the $5.3 million debt problem.

Trustees voted to turn to taxpayers, negotiate with teachers to take furloughs days, close a school and even sell off property.

But all the while, also dealing with changing leadership.

Back in November of 2012 the board hired Tom Michaelson as the interim superintendent, after Gary Larson resigned along with his deputy superintendent and business manager, amidst the budget crisis.

But Michaelson only held the position for a little more than six months.

Then the title was taken over by a former Nampa High School Principal Pete Koehler who vowed to only hold the position for a year.

So here is where the district stands, with the budget back in check and looking for a new, long-term leader.

The search is down to two men:

Glenn Gelbrich, who is the schools superintendent in Juneau, Alaska. He graduated from Oregon State University and has ties to teaching in many Oregon districts.

David Peterson, who is the superintendent of the North Mason School District in Washington state, and has worked in several Washington school districts. He earned his degree from Seattle Pacific University.

KTVB spoke to Peterson Friday by phone.

I am experienced in going into a place that has serious financial problems and helping guide through all of that, and it is actually one of the things that is attractive to me about this job, said Peterson.

When KTVB reached out to Gelbrich, he said he wanted to honor the process the school board in Nampa has set up.

Whoever is hired will replace Koehler, who will resign in June.

The Nampa Board of Trustees will interview both candidates Monday, and then there will be a community reception for them at 6:30 p.m. at the district office located at 619 Canyon Street in Nampa.

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