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Redinger en route to Spokane for spring break, next step of that city’s interview process

Spotsylvania Superintendent Shelley K. Redinger left for Spokane, Wash., today for spring break and for the final phase of the selection process in that city’s hunt for its next superintendent.

Dr. Redinger is one of two finalists for the position of superintendent of Spokane Public Schools.

She applied for the position after Spokane’s search firm contacted her earlier this year. She is considering the post because of serious health issues for members of her family, including her mother. Her parents live in Spokane where Dr. Redinger spent part of her childhood.

She emphasized to staff in a message this week that she had not been job hunting.

However, she told the Spokesman-Review this week that being superintendent of Spokane’s school district had always been on the “top of my wish list.”

Spokane has the second largest school division in Washington state, and with roughly 29,275 students is a bit bigger than Spotsylvania, which has an enrollment of 23,844.

Next Wednesday, Redinger, 44, will meet with the Spokane school division’s staff, community members, and again with its board.

Next Thursday, the other finalist, Missoula, Mont.,  Superintendent Alexander Apostle, 64, will participate in the same round of meetings.

The Spokane Public Schools board of directors will make its selection at some point after Apostle’s meetings. A decision could come immediately afterward. It is expected no later than the end of April.

The next superintendent would start there on July 1.

If Spotsylvania needs a new superintendent, the School Board here hopes to have someone in place by July 1, giving it less than three months for the process.