Meet the five candidates for Mendenhall River school principal

The Juneau School District is inviting the public to meet candidates for the position of principal at Mendenhall River Community School. Current principal Kathryn Milliron is retiring at the end of the school year. She’s led the elementary school since 2012.

Five finalists will visit the school Thursday and Friday. They are Ruth Baumgartner, a teacher at Mendenhall River Community School; Kristy Dillingham, the assistant principal at El Camino Real Academy in Santa Fe, New Mexico; Jenny Martin, the principal at Celeste Elementary in Celeste, Texas; Laura Scholes, a teacher at Floyd Dryden Middle School; and Dianne Zemanek, teacher at Dzantik’i Heeni Middle School.

The public can meet the candidates during an open house Thursday from 4:30-6:30 p.m. in the commons area of Mendenhall River Community School. Public interviews will be held Friday beginning at 8 a.m. in the school library. Comment cards will be available at both the open house and the interviews, and the interview panel will consider them during deliberations.

For the interview schedule and candidate resumes, go to

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