Nathan McCann, superintendent of schools in Altar Valley, Ariz., has withdrawn his application for the job of superintendent of Evanston/Skokie District 65 schools, as he has accepted another position in Washington State.
Board President Tracy Quattrocki made the announcement Sunday evening by email.
The Ridgefield (Wash.) Columbian newspaper reported over the weekend that the Ridgefield School Board voted Friday morning to hire McCann and that he will start there on July 1.
Ridgefield is a small community of about 5,000 inhabitants located near the Washington-Oregon border, about 155 miles south of Seattle and about 25 miles north of Portland, Ore.
Even though Ridgefield’s student population is about 2,200 students in four schools—considerably smaller than District 65’s nearly 7,000 students—it is still three times the size of Altar Valley, which has some 600-700 students.
Primarily because of the small size of his Arizona district, compared to Evanston, McCann was considered a long shot for the Evanston job, even though he was one of five finalists out of a field of nearly 60 applicants for the position.
At a forum in Ridgefield similar to the one at which he spoke in Evanston, McCann told his audience that he wanted to move to Ridgefield with his wife and children because it has excellent schools and he likes the small-town feel of the community, according to the Columbian.
When he spoke in Evanston last Tuesday evening, McCann said he "can't think of a better place to raise my kids" than Evanston.