Monday evening May 20th, 2013 the school board held an open interview for superintendent candidate Wendy Johnson. With the room filled with teachers, principals, administration employees and community members, the school board asked Johnson questions that they had come up with in their executive session. For an hour Johnson answered question after question, offering up her strengths and admitting her weaknesses.
The board went back into executive session at 8:00 p.m. to discuss hiring Johnson. During that time Johnson stayed behind with the crowd and discussed what they would like to see from her.
“I was very appreciative of the interview process. I was especially appreciative that the interview was an open meeting so that not only the Board, but also patrons and employees could also be a part of the process,” said Johnson.
Less than 10 minutes later, the school board came back in at 8:08 p.m. with a unanimous decision of naming Wendy Johnson Kuna’s new school Superintendent contingent on salary and benefits approval. The crowd erupted with cheers, clapping, smiles and even a few tears.
“I am very excited to be Kuna’s next superintendent and look forward to working together with all stakeholders to continue us moving forward to improving the lives of children.” Said Johnson.
“Johnson has been Kuna’s Assistant Superintendent since 2007,” said Malenie DeLashmutt, Human Resource manager of Kuna School District. “She has been with the Kuna school district since 1994, with a break from 2001-2005, while she worked with the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Foundation on an education product and as an Adjunct Professor NNU.”