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Finalists named in super search

Bernard Oliver, Gregory Lynch and Tim Culver were named finalists in the Central Kitsap School District superintendent search on Monday.

“It was challenging for the board to select three finalists from an outstanding group of preliminary candidates. We are hopeful that our staff, parents, students and community members will take the opportunity to meet each finalist during the afternoon forums to provide feedback on the unique qualities of each candidate,” said Chris Stokke, CK School Board president.

Finalists were selected from six candidates who participated in preliminary interviews last week. One finalist candidate will visit the district each day from April 12 through April 14. Community members, parents and students can meet the finalists at 5 p.m. each day in the Ridgetop Junior High School library, 10600 Hillsboro Drive N.E.

Oliver will visit the district April 12. He is the assistant superintendent for high school education in the Virginia Beach (Va.) City Public Schools. His past experience includes serving as a dean, professor and endowed chair at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, Mo., and as a dean and professor at Washington State University.

Oliver received his bachelor’s in physical education and history from California State University, Hayward in 1971, his master’s in education from Stanford University in 1972, and his doctorate in teacher education from Stanford University in 1978.

Lynch is currently the dean of academics, Army Command and General Staff College, U.S. Army, Fort Leavenworth (Kan.). He will visit the district on April 13. He has served as the director of the Army School, Fort Leavenworth. He also served as the Brigade Commander of the Army Brigade at Fort Polk (La.) and as the Deputy Commander of the U.S. Army Training Center at Fort Polk.

Lynch received his bachelor’s degree in early childhood education and human behavior and development from Drexel University in 1977, his master’s degree in management from Webster University in 1989, and is currently seeking a degree in education administration from Benedictine College.

Culver is currently the superintendent of the Sun Prairie (Wisc.) Area School District. His visit is on April 14. He has served as the assistant superintendent of the Marysville School District, where he also served as a principal and assistant principal. Culver received his bachelor’s degree in education from Seattle Pacific College in 1975, his master’s degree in education from the University of Washington in 1979, and his doctorate in educational leadership from Seattle University in 1994.

The school board expects to announce its selection for superintendent no later than Wednesday, April 28, during the regular board meeting at Clear Creek Elementary School. The new superintendent will begin in the position on July 1.

CKSD employs approximately 1,600 certificated and classified staff and has an annual operating budget of $97.2 million including $10 million in local levy dollars and $6.6 million in federal impact aid.

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