**Editor’s Note: Story has been changed to reflect the correct meeting time of 6 p.m. instead of 7:30 p.m. as previously reported.
The Methow Valley School District is reviewing 14 applications for the job of Methow Valley Elementary principal.
The district has put together an interview team of administrators, teachers, staff and community members, who will interview three to five candidates next week, according to Methow Valley School District Superintendent Tom Venable.
The candidates will spend a day in the district on Wednesday (May 6), meeting with the interview team and staff. They will also have a one-on-one interview with Venable, a tour of the campus, be asked to complete a written exercise, and spend time with a class or group of students who can ask their own questions.
There were about 15 applicants (staff, parents and community members) for the interview team — more than the available spots — so the district will involve people not selected for the team in other ways during the interview day, said Venable.
The interview team will compile all information on May 7 to identify finalists and will begin checking references. The team will make a recommendation to Venable, who said he may visit school districts where the candidates have worked to talk with their colleagues.
Venable will make a recommendation to the school board directors, who must formally approve the appointment.
Acting principal Anne Andersen will be the district’s International Baccalaureate coordinator next year as the district enters the candidacy period for the program.
There will be a public forum where community members can meet the candidates and provide feedback on Wednesday (May 6) at 6:00 p.m. in the Elementary School library. Childcare will be provided.