The Kent School District announced two finalists for its top job on Monday -- a Georgia assistant superintendent and an Illinois superintendent.

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An Illinois superintendent and a Georgia assistant superintendent have been named finalists in Kent School District’s search for a new schools chief.

The Kent School Board will choose between David Moyer, superintendent of Moline-Coal Valley School District in Moline, Illinois, and Calvin Watts, assistant superintendent in Gwinnett County Public Schools in Suwanee, Georgia.  It plans to announce its decision at its meeting March 25.

The winning candidate will replace Edward Lee Vargas, who left in October to become an executive vice president for AVID, a national non-profit that aims to help average high-school students make it to college. Vargas was named Washington state superintendent of the year for 2014, and oversaw rising reading scores at a time of increasing poverty in the district of about 27,000 students.

Moyer runs a district of 7,500 students with a $116 million budget, and has also worked in other school districts in Illinois and Wisconsin. He holds a degree in English and secondary education from the University of Wisconsin and a master’s degree and doctorate in educational administration from Northern Illinois University.

Watts, the Georgia assistant superintendent, helps oversee a district of 174,500 students with a budget of $1.7 billion. He holds a degree in English from Howard University, earned his teaching certification from Western Washington University and holds a doctorate in educational leadership from Argosy University in Atlanta. He once worked in Seattle Public School as a middle-school teacher.

The two candidates will speak at community forums from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday at the school district’s headquarters, 12033 SE 256th St., in Kent.