Andover Superintendent Mark Evans is in a tough spot.
He has a great job in a school district he has grown to love over the past eight years and he was offered an opportunity that was too good not to consider.
Evans was named one of three finalists for the Omaha, Neb. Superintendent’s position as first reported in the Omaha World Herald.
The other two candidates include Carey Wright, the chief academic officer for the District of Columbia Public Schools, and Stephen Murley, superintendent of the Iowa City Community School District.
The Omaha School Board has a week of events planned where the finalists will meet community leaders, school officials and the public. A decision is expected at the Dec. 17 meeting.
“It won’t be a long process,” Evans said. He said that when he was first contacted, he wasn’t interested in the job. But with more consideration, the move would put Evans and his wife closer to their daughter and also his wife’s hometown of Lincoln, Neb.
The Andover School District educates almost 5,000 students where Omaha is responsible for almost 50,000.
“I was never looking for a job,” Evans said. “I truly enjoy Andover and the people I work with and work for. I have mixed emotions because it is a good opportunity but I also love what I am doing now.”
Evans went through a thorough background search after the woman Omaha initially hired was found to have sexually explicit emails in her school account. That led Omaha to restart the process of finding a superintendent. During the second search, Evans was located as a target.