The Ketchikan School District seal on display at the superintendent’s office. (KRBD file photo by Leila Kheiry)

Three candidates are in the running for the Ketchikan school district’s top job. The first round of public interviews for Ketchikan’s next superintendent is set for Monday by videoconference.

The school board reviewed eight applications in a two-and-a-half-hour closed session on Thursday.

The three finalists include Melissa Johnson, who’s been interim superintendent since last year following the resignation of Beth Lougee. The others are Gregory Fowler, the interim superintendent and principal of Rite of Passage Southwest Leadership Academy High School, a charter school in Phoenix, Arizona, and Michael Robbins, the site administrator at Toksook Bay Nelson Island School in Western Alaska.

After Monday’s virtual interviews, the candidates are scheduled to fly to Ketchikan on Feb. 8 for a community forum. All-day interviews with administrators, the school board and other stakeholders are scheduled for the following day. A final decision on Ketchikan’s next superintendent of schools is expected by Feb. 10.

A meeting to conduct virtual interviews with the superintendent candidates is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Monday by videoconference. The meeting will be open to the public, but public testimony will not be heard. It’ll be live-streamed online at and carried on KPU channel 685.

Correction: An earlier version of this story misspelled Toksook Bay.