Meet the candidates for LPS superintendent

Peter Licata and Antwan Wilson on Feb. 1 and Paul Gausman and Jami Jo Thompson on Feb. 4

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – On Jan. 25, the Lincoln Board of Education announced the four finalists for LPS superintendent

“After reviewing all of the applications, the Board is pleased with the strength of this exceptional pool of candidates,” said Connie Duncan, president of the Lincoln Board of Education. “Each candidate brings a unique perspective and a wealth of experience that will benefit our community.”

The Board plans to interview each of the four finalists on Feb. 1 and Feb. 4. The candidates will also meet with various small groups that include students, staff, families and community members.

Today the Board held the first of two media availabilities for the candidates as well as the first of two public meetings in which the candidates will speak to the public.  The meeting, however, is not open for public comment.

The candidates who were available today were Peter Licata and Antwan Wilson.

On Friday, Paul Gausman and Jami Jo Thompson will be having their time to speak to the public and the media.

People wanting to watch the meetings can view them on the Board webpageLPS YouTube Channel and the LNK TV Education Channel.

Duncan says the board will make the final decision in February.

The four finalists are:

  • Paul Gausman, Superintendent for Sioux City Community School District in Sioux City, Iowa.

  • Peter Licata, South Regional Superintendent for the Palm Beach County School District in Boca Raton, Florida.

  • Jami Jo Thompson, Superintendent for Norfolk Public Schools in Norfolk, Nebraska.

  • Antwan Wilson, Assistant Professor for Nebraska Wesleyan University, in Lincoln Nebraska, and Chief Executive Officer of Schoolwise Educational Consulting.

More information on the finalists and a schedule of the interview schedule can be found at

Steve Joel, the current LPS superintendent, plans to retire at the end of June.

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