Though one of four finalists for the Bozeman school superintendent’s job has withdrawn, interviews with the remaining three candidates will go forward next week as planned.

Shawn Woodward, assistant superintendent in North Kitsap, Wash., called this week to say he had accepted a tentative offer in Sandpoint, Idaho, said Pat Strauss, Bozeman schools’ personnel director.

“It happened in 2007 as well,” Strauss said of the last time the Bozeman School District was searching for its next leader. “A lot of people aspiring to the superintendency are looking at more than one (district). It’s not uncommon.

“We’re feeling real good about the three folks we’re bringing (for interviews),” he said.

The public is invited to attend community receptions for the finalists Tuesday and Wednesday from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the library of Hyalite School, 3600 W. Babcock St. The public can also attend the School Board’s formal interviews each evening starting at 6 p.m. in the boardroom of Willson School, 404 W. Main St.

On Tuesday the reception and interviews will be for Josh Middleton, assistant superintendent of the Billings School District, and James Warford of Oregon, senior adviser for the International Center for Leadership in Education. On Wednesday the reception and interview will be with Rob Watson, principal of Bozeman High School.