An Omaha Public Schools administrator is in contention to lead a nearby district.
Liz Standish, controller for OPS, has been named one of four semifinalists for the superintendent position in the Fremont Public Schools.
Standish, 38, has been with OPS 16 of her 17 professional years.
After graduating from Burke High School, Standish got her bachelor's degree in business education from the University of Wyoming in May 1996.
She taught technology to middle school students in Colorado Springs, Colo., for a year, and moved back to Omaha the next year.
Here, she has taught business, been the Burke dean of students, coordinated the district's school improvement office and been the district's controller.
In that role, she helps oversee district finances and governmental relations.
Standish received her doctorate in education from the University of Nebraska at Omaha in 2008.
“Fremont was simply an opportunity to blend together my experience,” she said.
Standish plans to interview in Fremont on Wednesday.
The other semifinalists: Mark Shepard, associate superintendent of the Lincoln Public Schools; Ted DeTurk, superintendent of the West Point, Neb., Public Schools; and Jami Thompson, director of student programs for the Beatrice Public Schools.
Whomever the board chooses will be Fremont's associate superintendent of finances and support services for the 2013-14 school year and will take over as superintendent for the 2014-15 school year. Fremont Superintendent Steve Sexton plans to retire after the 2013-14 school year.
In December, David Patton, OPS spokesman and executive director of information management services, also was a finalist for the Beatrice superintendent position.
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