School Board Names Four Finalists for Superintendent | Education

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Students spend between class and lunch on Tuesday at Lincoln East High School.


GWYNETH ROBERTS, newspaper star


A look back at Steve Joel’s career at LPS.



And then there were four.

The Lincoln Public Schools School Board named the finalists in its search for a new superintendent at Tuesday night’s board meeting, marking another key step in the process to find Steve Joel’s replacement.

Four candidates out of 20 candidates made the final cut:

* Antwan Wilson, assistant professor of education at Nebraska Wesleyan University and managing director of Schoolwise Educational Consulting.

* Jami Jo Thompson, Superintendent of Norfolk Public Schools.

* Paul Gausman, superintendent of community schools in Sioux City, Iowa.

* Peter Licata, regional superintendent of the Palm Beach County School District in Boca Raton, Florida.

Hazard, Young, Attea and Associates, the Illinois-based superintendency consulting firm that leads the district’s research, presented the shortlist of nominees to board members on Tuesday. The list is based on recommendations from the research firm, but council members ultimately had the final say on who made the cut.

“It’s a great list,” board chair Connie Duncan told the Journal Star. “We are all very impressed with each of them. They all bring great features to the community.”

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