SPOKANE, Wa. -

The following is a news release from Spokane Public Schools:

Dr. Shelley Redinger was identified Saturday, April 14, as the next superintendent for Spokane Public Schools. The Board of Directors deliberated for over two hours before making the announcement at a Board meeting that morning. They had high praise for both of the two finalists but felt Dr. Redinger best fit Spokane?s needs.

Dr. Alex Apostle and Dr. Redinger were in Spokane Wednesday and Thursday to meet with community members, staff and the Board. These were their second visits to Spokane for interviews with the Board, having been among the six semi-finalists who were here March 30 and 31.

Dr. Redinger is currently the superintendent of Spotsylvania School District in Fredericksburg, Virginia, a district of 24,000 students. President Bob Douthitt said he has the ?utmost respect for Dr. Apostle and his work in Missoula, and the passion and leadership he would have brought here. ? He added, ?I think Dr. Redinger is a very strategic thinker, very personable, will be very visible in schools, and will do a great job in building relationships. I?m excited that she will be our next superintendent.?

A contract is expected to be finalized at the April 25 Board meeting.

Dr. Redinger replaces Superintendent Nancy Stowell who will retire after 42 years in education, 38 of them in Spokane Public Schools, effective June 30. Dr. Redinger will begin on July 1. Prior to that she will meet with the board for transitional activities. .