The Newport School District School Board met on Thursday, March 7th to narrow the list of recommended candidates for Superintendent. The next step in the process was the interview process, which took place on Monday and Tuesday of this week. The applicant search firm brought forward four names for consideration. After the members reviewed the candidates information and video presentations, the search was narrowed to two candidates selected for interviews.

            The two candidates interviewed on Monday and Tuesday were Mr. Brett Bunch, the current Superintendent of the Magazine School District on Monday, March 11th. Bunch spent almost 20 years as a marketing executive in the business world before starting his career in education. He has been a coach, a teacher, an assistant K-12 principal, and a principal prior to his current role. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Communications, a Masters degree and Specialist degree in Educational Leadership, and will complete his Doctorate in Educational Administration in the Spring of 2021. The most current data includes Magazine School Districts 2016-17 enrollment at 540 students which includes 92.6% white, followed by 3.9 % Asian, 2.0 % Hispanic and 0.4 % Black, 80 % low income with 18 % eligible to receive special education.

            The other candidate is Dr. Andrew Curry, the current Superintendent of the Deer Mt. Judea School District interviewed on Tuesday, March 12th. The most current data found has Deer/Mt. Judea District enrollment at 355 students, which consists of 93 % white, 5.9 % two or more races, and 0.6 % Hispanic and 0.3 % black. In addition, 76 % of the enrollment are low income and 16 % are eligible to receive special education.