Caldwell names three superintendent finalists

The Caldwell School District has narrowed its superintendent’s search to three final candidates:

  • Jay Hummel, current superintendent in Ashland, Ore., and former superintendent in Kuna.
  • Monica White, principal of Canyon Springs Alternative High School in Caldwell.
  • Shalene French, human resource director for the Bonneville School District in Idaho Falls.

Sixteen applications were reviewed and vetted through a search committee led by Christine Donnell, a former Meridian schools superintendent working as a consultant through the Idaho School Boards Association.

The search committee selected the three finalists. Donnell presented the finalists’ applications to board members at a meeting earlier this month.

The candidates will tour Caldwell schools today and meet with community stakeholders.

Trustees will interview the candidates Saturday. A decision is scheduled to be announced at the board’s Monday night meeting.

The Caldwell district faced its share of turmoil in 2015. The board voted in June to oust Superintendent Tim Rosandick and deputy superintendent Luci Asumendi. Two of the district’s five trustees — board president Leif Skyving and Amy Rojas — were recalled after the still-unexplained management shakeup.

The remaining trustees voted 2-1 to add Kent Marmon and Lisa Bevington to the board. Trustee Tom Briten and chairman Chuck Stout supported the appointments; Travis Manning was opposed.

Jodie Mills has served as Caldwell’s interim superintendent over the past school year.

White, a longtime Caldwell School District employee, also was a finalist for the Middleton superintendent position.