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Posted: Thursday, June 27, 2013 3:28 pm | Updated: 6:03 pm, Fri Jun 28, 2013.

The Gilbert Unified School District governing board began interviewing candidates for interim superintendent this week in behind closed-door meetings.

Four finalists have been selected to fill an interim position while the board looks for a superintendent to replace Dave Allison, who announced in January that we would retire at the end of the current fiscal year, June 30.

Allison is staying on an additional two weeks - to July 12 - to give the board a chance to find an interim since the search did not begin in ernest until this month. The board hired Ray and Associates to help with the superintendent search.

The four finalists for the interim position are Tony Apostle, James Rice, Virginia Moon and John Keegan.

Apostle’s interview took place Wednesday night. Interviews for Rice and Moon were scheduled for Thursday night. Keegan’s will be interviewed Monday.

Apostle retired in 2012 as superintendent of the Puyallup School District in Washington. He had served as leader of the 21,700-student district since 2004. He has worked in education nearly 40 years and holds doctorate and master’s degrees from Washington State University. Apostle most recently was one of three finalists vying to lead Wyoming’s Department of Education. Arizona State Sen. Rich Crandall was named to that post Wednesday by Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead, pending Wyoming legislative approval.

Rice is currently the program administrator for the Rodel Charitable Foundation of Arizona, a post he has held since July 2010. He previously served as superintendent of the Alhambra Elementary School District, a post he held for eight years. He has worked in education for more than 40 years and holds doctorate and master’s degrees from Arizona State University.

Moon is currently the interim superintendent for the 50,000-student Omaha Public Schools district in Nebraska. Her contract there is set to expire Aug. 31, 2013, according to the contract posted online. She previously served a two-year stint as interim superintendent of the 825-student Broken Bow Public Schools district in Nebraska and more than 10 years as superintendent of Ralston Public Schools, a 3,100-student district in Nebraska.

Moon holds doctorate and master’s degrees from Kansas State University and has about 45 years of experience in education.

Keegan was most recently the interim superintendent of schools in Council Bluff, Iowa, a 10,000-student preschool through high school district. Prior to that, Keegan spent 10 years as superintendent of schools in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, before his retirement. He has spent nearly 50 years in education and holds a doctorate degree from the University of Denver and a master’s degree from Long Island University in Greenvale, N.Y.

Resumes for the finalists were posted on the Gilbert district’s website.

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