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posted: 5/21/2012 5:57 PM

Mitrovich a finalist for Washington school district's top job

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Outgoing Naperville Unit District 203 Superintendent Mark Mitrovich could soon be headed back west.

Bellevue School District 405, located 10 miles east of Seattle, has announced on its website that Mitrovich is one of three finalists for the district's top job.

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According to the district's website, 18,048 students are enrolled across 16 elementary schools, five middle schools, four high schools and two alternative middle/high schools.

Mitrovich is scheduled to participate in a daylong interview process Wednesday, including a community forum.

Mitrovich, 65, abruptly announced his resignation from District 203 in March, less than a year after the board increased his base pay 12 percent, from $203,000 to $228,000 and gave him a 5 percent performance bonus as he entered what was to be the third and final year of his agreement.

"There are some factors that I choose to keep private, but this was a professional decision," he said on March 26. "When you've been in the business as long as I have, you encounter times when you have to make a decision that you feel is in your best interest and the best interest of the organization. This is one of those times."

Prior to coming to Naperville in 2009, Mitrovich served as superintendent of Peninsula School District in Gig Harbor, Wash., a 15-school district of kindergarten through high school students.

He holds a doctorate in education administration from the University of Santa Barbara and was named Washington state's Principal of the Year in 1991 and Superintendent of the Year in 1998.

District 203 Assistant Superintendent for Secondary Education Dan Bridges will step into the interim superintendent role on July 1.

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