Moscow superintendent candidate answers questions at public forum

MOSCOW, ID - The search for the Moscow School District's new superintendent may be coming to an end.

The school board's sole candidate responded to some tough questions from the community in a public forum on Wednesday night.
When it comes to finding a replacement for Moscow School District Superintendent Dale Kleinert, only one candidate is being considered for the job.

"He's a graduate of Moscow High and the U of I," said forum leader John Kimberling.

Greg Bailey has served as the superintendent of the Mountain View School District in Grangeville for the last five years. Wednesday night, the community had a chance to ask him about some of the most important issues in Moscow's schools

"I'll be honest with you, some of the facilities I look at are very similar to when I was here," said Bailey.

Funding was a big issue since the district is currently trying to pass a $10.8 million bond. Bailey has experience in passing levies, and he says he agrees that the facilities need the maintenance. More controversial topics were also addressed.

"Bullying is a community issue," said Bailey. "It is not just in the schools."

"Patrons have suggested that our schools consider having locker searches by drug dogs," said community panelist Shelly McGuire.

Bailey said he supports drug searches and testing, especially since Washington's new marijuana legislation will make it easier for kids to gain access to pot.

"I think that's going to be an issue that we're going to have to deal with," said Bailey.

The Moscow School Board will announce their final decision about the superintendent in a meeting at 7:00 on Tuesday night in Moscow Middle School.