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Interviews Set for State Superintendent
by Tribune Staff
Feb 10, 2012 | 826 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print

CARSON CITY —Working with the Gov. Brian Sandoval’s liaison to the search, the Nevada State Board of Education has scheduled interviews for five semi-finalists chosen in the search for Nevada’s new superintendent of public instruction.

The board will interview the candidates at public meetings Feb. 22 and Feb. 23 in Carson City. After interviewing the candidates, the board will recommend three finalists to Sandoval at a public meeting Feb. 24.

The finalists are Rene Cantu Jr., executive director of the Latin Chamber of Commerce Community Foundation in Las Vegas; Magdalena Martinez, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs for the Nevada System of Higher Education; Caroline McIntosh, Lyon County superintendent;

James Guthrie, senior fellow and director of education policy studies at George W. Bush Institute in Dallas; and Sylvia McMullen, executive director of the Texas Education Reform Foundation.

Interviews will take place in Room 4401 of the Grant Sawyer Building at 555 W. Washington Avenue in Las Vegas, and will be video conferenced to Room 3137 of the Legislative Building at 401 S. Carson Street in Carson City.

The public is invited to attend at either of the locations and may also watch the interview process on the Nevada Legislative website at:

The public is also invited to meet each candidate from 8 to 11:30 a.m. to meet Martinez, McIntosh and Cantu Feb. 22 in Las Vegas at the Grant Sawyer Building; and from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. to meet Guthrie and McMullen Feb 23.

To be qualified for the position of state superintendent, an individual must have attained the age of 21 years at the time of his or her appointment and hold a master’s degree in the field of education or school administration.

On Friday, Feb. 24 at 8:30 a.m., the State Board will make the presentation of the three finalists to the Governor. This meeting will be held in the Second Floor Conference Room of the Department of Education at 9890 S. Maryland in Las Vegas and will be video conferenced to the Board Conference Room of the Department of Education at 700 E. Fifth Street in Carson City.

Sandoval will make an appointment in March. The new superintendent will replace Keith Rheault, whose retirement is effective April 1.
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