NAMPA -- The Nampa School District has paired down its list of finalist for superintendent to two men, and neither one is from Idaho.

They are Glenn Gelbrich who is the Juneau School District Superintendent in Juneau, Alaska; and David Peterson who is the North Mason School District Superintendent in Belfair, Wash.

Both candidates will be interviewed by the Nampa Board of Trustees Monday and then there will be a community reception for them at 6:30 p.m. at the district office located at 619 S. Canyon Street.

We are told the reception will include a short PowerPoint presentations from each finalist, and an opportunity for the public to meet and talk with them.

I am delighted to be considered for the superintendent role in the Nampa School District, said Gelbrich. The efforts underway in the school district and the livability of this vibrant community make it an ideal place to live and work. I look forward to the opportunity to get to know the stakeholders in the community better as a part of this process.

I am very much enjoying learning about the Nampa community and its schools, said Peterson. The enthusiasm, commitment and optimism of the school leaders I've met is both impressive and energizing. This is an exciting opportunity for me and I'm looking forward to getting to meet and talk with everyone during the interview process.

During their visit to Nampa, Gelbrich and Peterson will tour schools and meet with district, school, and teacher leaders.

Officials say both men are veteran administrators and educators, each with more than 30 years of experience. They each started out as elementary school teachers and worked their way up to superintendent.

Here is some biographical information about each finalist provided by the Nampa School District:

Glenn Gelbrich has served as superintendent of the Juneau School District since July 2009. Prior to serving as superintendent, Gelbrich was an assistant superintendent in the Salem-Keizer School District for five years and an assistant superintendent in the Portland (Oregon) School District for three years. He served as a school principal in West Linn, Ore. Gelbrich earned his administrative license from the University of Oregon and master's degree in education from Oregon State University.

During his tenure in Juneau, Gelbrich has focused on increasing student achievement by leading initiatives to improve instruction and learning. During the recession and sharp reductions in Alaska support for education, he has led stakeholders to identify changes necessary to balance Juneau's budget.

David Peterson has served as superintendent of the North Mason School District in Belfair, Wash. since July 2007. Prior to serving as superintendent, Peterson was an assistant superintendent in the Oak Harbor (Washington) School District and central office administrator and principal in the Arlington (Washington) School District. Peterson earned his superintendent's credential from Seattle Pacific University and a master's degree in special education from the University of Washington.

During his tenure in North Mason, Peterson focused on improving student achievement and graduation rates. He worked with the school board to manage reductions in education funding and rebuild the district's fund balance. Peterson was instrumental in leading the community to pass $49 million construction bond for a new high school and other improvements after three failed attempts in the past 10 years.

The man who is hired will replace Interim Superintendent Pete Koehler, who will retire in June.

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