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Aurora names a mix of finalists

The Aurora school board has named four finalists for superintendent to replace John Barry, including two Denver Public Schools administrators, a former state higher education chief and a former Boulder superintendent.

The finalists are Tracy Dorland and Randy Johnson of DPS; Rico Munn, former director of the Department of Higher Education and a former State Board of Education member, and Thomas Seigel, Boulder superintendent from 1997 to 2000 and currently a superintendent in Washington state.

The finalists will visit the district for interviews and meetings on April 5 and 6.

Aurora Superintendent John Barry, a former Air Force general who assumed leadership of the district in 2006, announced last November that he would leave the job at the end of this school year. (See this story for more background on Barry.)

Here are more details on the four finalists, based on information supplied Monday by the district:

Tracy Dorland

Dorland is deputy chief academic officer for teaching and learning for DPS and formerly was executive director for educator effectiveness. She also served as principal of Smedley Elementary School and assistant principal of Oakland Elementary School, and has been a literacy coach and classroom teacher. She serves on the Colorado State Council for Educator Effectiveness, which developed recommendations for implementation of the state’s educator evaluation law.

Randy Johnson

Johnson is currently secondary instructional superintendent for DPS and previously was principal of the Career Education Center – Middle College of Denver. He also worked in Falcon School District and in several administrative and teaching positions in Colorado and New Mexico.

Rico Munn

Munn is a partner at the law firm of Baker and Hostetler and an adjunct professor of law at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. He serves on Colorado State University System’s board of governors and was executive director of the Department of Regulatory Agencies from 2007-2009 and executive director of the Department of Higher Education from 2009-2011. He served on the Colorado State Board of Education from 2003-2007.

Thomas Seigel

Seigel was superintendent of the Boulder Valley district from 1997-2000 and has been superintendent of the 18,000-student Bethel School District in Spanaway, Wash., since 2001. He had a long military career in space commands for the Air Force.

Get more information about the candidates in this district news release.

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