D-60 Holds Public Forum for Superintendent Finalists

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PUEBLO, Colo. Pueblo City Schools held a public forum for the three superintendent finalists Tuesday night.

The finalists are: Dr. Michelle Johnstone, Dr. Constance Jones and Dr. Lynn Seifert.

The current superintendent, Dr. Maggie Lopez, leaves June 30.

The candidates had time to answer 24 pre-scripted questions. In total, 94 questions were submitted from the public. Some topics included charter schools, the budget and how to deal with students who make poor choices.

Suzanne Ethredge, president of the Pueblo Education Association, was at the forum.

"I think what we need in Pueblo, Colorado right now is a strong leader that can move us forward in student achievement. I think that's the most critical right now," said Ethredge.

People in attendance completed a survey on each candidate. The school board will read those answers and make a final decision next Tuesday. We'll be sure to let you know who they choose as the new superintendent of Pueblo City Schools.

Candidate backgrounds:

Dr. Constance Jones is currently the Executive Director of School Development of Lee County School District in Fort Myers, FL. She has a BS in Elementary Education/Music from Ball State University, a MED in Curriculum and Instruction/Math and Science from University of South Florida, an EDS in Educational Leadership/Curriculum and Instruction from University of South Florida and a PhD in Educational Leadership/Curriculum and Instruction from University of South Florida.

Dr. Michelle Johnstone is currently the Superintendent of Schools of Brush School District in Brush, Colo. She has a BA in Spanish from MacMurray College, an MA in Linguistically Diverse Learners from University of Northern Colorado and an EdD in Educational Leadership from University of Northern Colorado.

Dr. Lynn Seifert is currently the Principal at Central High School in Pueblo, Colo. She has a BA in Secondary Education from Austin Peay State University, an MA in Education Leadership and Supervision from Tennessee State University and an EdD in Education Leadership from Northcentral University.