Denise Juneau is one of three finalists to be the next superintendent of schools in Seattle.
There are some 53,000 students in the Seattle schools, and this number includes Huchoosedah, the school district’s Indian education program, designed to close opportunity gaps and deliver excellence to every student.
Juneau, a citizen of the Mandan Hidatsa Arikara Tribes, is the first Native American woman elected to a statewide, constitutional office. She served two terms as Montana’s Superintendent of Public Instruction from 2008 to 2016. She was a candidate in 2016 for Congress, though she was defeated by now Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke.
“We are looking for a superstar superintendent, that stays with the district for years,” School Board President Leslie Harris said in The Seattle Times.
The Seattle School District will hold a forum with Juneau, Andre Spencer and Jeanice Swift on March 29. Each of the candidates will present and answer questions. The school board says it “anticipates voting to authorize contract negotiations with one finalist at the April 4 Regular Board Meeting.”
Mark Trahant is editor of Indian Country Today. He is a member of the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes. Follow him on Twitter Follow @TrahantReports