Dear Mercer Island families,
As reported in last week’s update, the board has narrowed the field of applicants for the job of Superintendent of Schools, from which Superintendent Donna Colosky will be retiring in July. The board has selected three finalists and invited them to visit Mercer Island on Monday, March 21, the culmination of an exhaustive, months-long national search that began with extensive community engagement.
We are honored today to name three extraordinary finalists, whose resumes are listed below:
Ms. Erin Murphy has served as the assistant/associate/deputy superintendent of the Bainbridge Island School District since 2016. Prior to this role, Murphy was the principal of Alderwood Middle School in Lynnwood from 2010 to 2016. She began her career teaching science and leadership in eighth and ninth grades. Erin Murphy Resume
Dr. Jana Parker has served as the deputy superintendent of Ferguson-Florissant School District (St. Louis, MO) since 2020. Dr. Parker was the director of innovation and learning in the suburban Lindbergh School District near St. Louis from 2012 to 2020. She began her career as a social studies teacher. Jana Parker Resume
Dr. Fred Rundle has served as the deputy superintendent of MISD since 2021 and assistant superintendent since 2015. Prior to this role, Dr. Rundle was the district’s director of learning services for two years, and served as principal of West Mercer and Lakeridge Elementary Schools from 2009-2013. He began his career as an elementary teacher. Fred Rundle Resume
On Monday, March 21, finalists will tour schools as appropriate, interview with the board, meet with high-school students, and take part in evening community sessions open to the public both in person and by Zoom. To facilitate participation for working parents, these community sessions are scheduled for after work hours, from 5:30 to 8:15 p.m. Registration will be required.
Click here to sign up to attend the March 21 meetings either in person or via Zoom, and to submit questions in advance (by text or video). We will ask those who have participated in the sessions to fill out a brief online feedback survey. The board will review those responses before discussing and voting on a final selection.
We expect to announce the hiring of our next superintendent by the close of business on Friday, March 25, if not sooner. We appreciate the community’s involvement and feedback throughout this process. We look forward to announcing a hire and, in so doing, enabling planning to begin for a smooth transition between Superintendent Colosky and her successor, whom we expect to start work on July 1, 2022.
Maggie Tai Tucker
Mercer Island School Board