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Story last updated at 1:20 PM on Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Finalist interviews to be held today for Fireweed principal

By McKibben Jackinsky
Staff writer

Two finalists selected in the search for a full-time principal at Fireweed Academy will be interviewed by the charter school's hiring committee at 2 p.m. today in the West Homer Elementary School library. Interviews are open to the public; written comments can be submitted after the interviews. A follow-up meeting of Fireweed's Academic Policy Committee will be held at 4 p.m., also in the library.

Names of the finalists were unavailable.

A total of 33 applicants expressed interest in the position, according to Peggy Erkeneff, communication specialist for the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District. This is the second round of recruitment after the APC decided last week to start the process over again. The total number of applicants includes 15 screened by Tim Peterson, KPBSD human resource director, in the first go-around. Those candidates did not have to reapply. Initial screening of candidates done by Peterson ensured candidates had administrative experience.

District charter school APCs are responsible for selecting principals, with the school board giving final approval. Erkeneff said the district ensures all candidates interviewed are asked the same questions, the questions are legal and the time period is the same for each interview.

Once the hiring committee puts forth its candidate- of candidates-of-choice and the APC make its decision, the district will conduct reference and background checks.

The hiring committee includes Garry Betley, founding member of Fireweed Academy; Kathy Vogl, parent of current Fireweed students; Edan Badajos, parent of a current Fireweed student; Olga Vonziegesar, parent of a Fireweed alumnus; Claire Waxman, parent of a Fireweed alumnus; Kim Fine, Fireweed teacher representing grades K-2; and Kris Owens, Fireweed teacher representing grades 3-6.