GLEN ELLYN – Glen Ellyn School District 41 Superintendent Paul Gordon said he remains committed to serving the district in the face of being a finalist for the position of superintendent of a school district in Washington.
He was one of three finalists for the position of superintendent of Mercer Island School District. Current Superintendent Gary Plano, who was appointed to the position in September 2007, announced his retirement effective June 30.
The Mercer Island School Board unanimously named Donna Colosky as superintendent of the Mercer Island School District. Colosky is currently superintendent for Paradise Unified School District, in Paradise, California.
This is the second time Gordon has interviewed for another job in the last few months. It was revealed during a May 1 Board of Education meeting he was interviewing for the position of superintendent of a Colorado school district.
“As Superintendent of District 41, I remain dedicated to our students, families and staff," Gordon said in a statement. "Exploring an opportunity and being a finalist for a position does not change my commitment to our district. I continue to be honored to serve District 41.”
Gordon has two years left on his contract. Before coming to District 41 in 2013, Gordon was chief academic officer for the Adams 12 Five Star school district in Colorado from 2010 to 2013. He had served as executive director of schools for that district from 2009 to 2010 and had been principal of Westlake Middle School in the district from 2004 to 2009.
The previous revelation he had interviewed for the position of superintendent of Jeffco Public Schools in Colorado came after board Vice President Kurt Buchholz told board members Gordon had been in Colorado recently.
Gordon said he was asked to interview for the position.
"I took it as a great honor," he said. "It was a great opportunity to say, 'Yeah, could I go back home? Could I be back home with a dad who has dementia, with a mom who is struggling?' Absolutely. And was I honored that I didn't apply for this job, that people reached out to me and said, 'You know what? You're pretty good. You're pretty good, but not good enough to get the job.' But I own that. It is what it is. Only one person gets the job. Everybody else doesn't."