Broken Arrow school board reveals names of two superintendent finalists

Two finalists for the Broken Arrow school superintendent job agreed Tuesday to allow their names to be disclosed to the public, The Broken Arrow Ledger reported today.

They released the school board from a confidentiality agreement that had prohibited public disclosure of their names, the newspaper said.

Kudos to these candidates for getting off to a good start by recognizing the public's need to know whom the board is considering for the job of superintendent. By knowing the qualifications of at least the finalists, the public is more likely to have confidence in the board's final choice.

The candidates are Jarod Mendenhall, the assistant superintendent of Union Public Schools, and Diane Gross, the assistant superintendent of Haysville Unified School District, in Haysville, Kan. They will visit Broken Arrow on Jan. 12 and Jan. 14, according to the newspaper.

A consultant overseeing the search said the finalists will meet with school district staff and Broken Arrow residents. The selection is expected in February.

The newspaper's story provides background on the two candidates.

Joey Senat, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
OSU School of Journalism

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