List Narrows in Search for State Superintendent

List Narrows in Search for State Superintendent

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Following a nationwide search for the next state schools superintendent, four finalists have been selected, all of them from Utah.

Two are school district superintendents and the other two are state education administrators.

The four are Patti Harrington, associate state superintendent for student achievement and school success; Martell Menlove, superintendent of Box Elder School District; Larry Shumway, superintendent of Tooele School District; and Ray Timothy, associate state superintendent for law, legislation and educational services.

On Tuesday, the state Board of Education expects to name the new school boss to replace Steven O. Laing, who retired in March.

"We need a state superintendent who will help us build a good relationship with the Legislature," said Janet Cannon, vice chairwoman of the state school board and a member of the selection committee.

"We are hoping to move education forward in this state and, of course, the Legislature holds the purse strings, so we really need to work as a team," she said.

Seventeen people applied for the job, including six from outside Utah.

(Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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