Conway School District’s Ken Axelson will be leaving his post at the end of this school year after four years with the district.

The Conway School Board will interview four candidates to replace Axelson in executive session during a special board meeting at 5:30 p.m. tomorrow in the Conway School Library.

The four candidates are Karst Brandsma, interim superintendent at Mount Baker School District; James Baldwin, superintendent, principal and athletic director at Albertson School District, in Alberton, Mont.; Pam Estvold, assistant superintendent at Anacortes School District and Kari Lewinsohn, special services director at Lake Chelan School District.

Axelson is a part-time superintendent and said it would be beneficial for the district to have someone in the position who could dedicate more time to the job. He said he’s simply looking for something different.

“I think the district is in good shape,” he said, referring to the bond voters passed in February, which will take care of much-needed upgrades to district facilities.

“I was excited about getting that process through,” he said.

Axelson will be the third superintendent in Skagit County to leave his position at the end of this school year. Sedro-Woolley School District Superintendent Mark Venn and Anacortes School District’s Superintendent Chris Borgen are both leaving their posts in June.

Both Anacortes and Sedro-Woolley have chosen new superintendents, including Mark Wenzel for Anacortes and Philip Brockman for Sedro-Woolley.

Once a new superintendent is chosen in Conway, the School Board will engage in contract negotiations, which will determine whether the position is part-time or full-time, and set the salary. Axelson’s contract for this school year was for 108 days, with a salary set at approximately $52,000.

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