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Juneau selected as Seattle public schools chief

Posted at 8:04 PM, Apr 04, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-04 22:04:34-04

SEATTLE – Denise Juneau has been selected as the new superintendent of Seattle public schools.

Juneau, Montana’s former public schools superintendent, was selected in a 7-0 vote Wednesday night by the Seattle School Board, according to The Seattle Times.

She was one of three candidates for the job and would be Seattle’s first Native American superintendent. 

In a statement, Juneau said she was "honored" to take the job.

“I am ready to work with the school board to help them achieve their goals of educational equity in outcomes, closing the opportunity gaps, robust engagement with community and parents, and providing a quality education for all students. During the interview process I learned that SPS is filled with committed and dedicated educators. The students I visited with are smart, creative and ready to lead. I look forward to building on the district’s successes, working with all partners to confront challenges and continue the positive progress already underway," she said in the statement.

Juneau, 50, served two terms as Montana’s Superintendent of Public Instruction before making an unsuccessful bid as Democrat to unseat then Montana Congressman Ryan Zinke, a Republican, in 2016.