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Notes from the District 303 School Board Meeting

April 18, 2022: Special Meeting to appoint new Superintendent

School Board

Jillian Barker, President

Heidi Fairgrieve, Vice President

Becky McCabe, Secretary

Kate Bell

Matthew Kuschert

Joseph Lackner

Ed McNally

Superintendent Appointment

At a special meeting on April 18, the District 303 School Board unanimously approved a contract with Dr. Paul Gordon to serve as the next Superintendent of Schools effective July 1, 2022.
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About Dr. Paul Gordon

Dr. Gordon has more than 20 years in education and has served districts in Colorado, Illinois and Washington. He is currently the Superintendent in Wenatchee Public Schools in Wenatchee, WA, a district with 7,600 Pre-k through 12th grade students.

Board President Jillian Barker said, “The School Board is delighted that Dr. Gordon has agreed to join District 303. He is an exceptional leader, a visionary educator, a thoughtful communicator with infectious energy. His level of experience makes him the right person to become the next Superintendent of Schools.”

For additional information and to view a message from Dr. Gordon to the community, please visit the District 303 website.

Superintendent Appointment Page

Click the button above to view Dr. Gordon's messages to the community.

Superintendent Search Background

  • In collaboration with the search firm Hazard, Young, Attea & Associates (HYA) the school board launched a national search in January

  • More than 850 people completed a community survey that gathered information about the strengths and challenges in the district as well as ideas about the characteristics the community wanted to see in its next district leader

  • Thirty-three focus groups were conducted with students, staff, parents, and community members over a three week period in February

  • The information collected during the process was used to create the Leadership Profile Report that was presented to the School Board at a special meeting on February 28

  • Board President Jillian Barker is grateful for the input, “We would like to thank our students, staff, families, and community members for their input during this process.”


  • Representatives from HYA recruited potential candidates and the School Board selected five to be interviewed in the first round

  • Two finalists were invited to participate in a second round interview that included a presentation and additional questions from the School Board


Agendas and meeting minutes from the School Board meetings are accessible online via BoardDocs.