The Bellevue School Board has selected three finalists for the superintendent's job, and plans to conduct interviews this week.

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The Bellevue School Board has chosen three finalists for the superintendent’s job — from Montana, Oregon and suburban Chicago — and plans to conduct interviews this week.

The finalists, announced late Saturday, are Alex Apostle, superintendent of Missoula County Public Schools in Montana; Mark Mitrovich, superintendent of Naperville Community Unit School District in suburban Chicago; and Justin (Tim) Mills, superintendent of North Clackamas School District near Portland.

Apostle will interview Tuesday, Mitrovich on Wednesday and Mills on Thursday, Bellevue district spokeswoman Jacqueline Coe said.

For each candidate, the daylong visit will include meetings with staff, board interviews and two community forums — a morning session from 7:15 to 8:15 a.m., and one in the evening from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

On Tuesday and Wednesday, the forums will be at the International School, 445 128th Ave. S.E. On Thursday, the forums will be at Interlake High School, 16245 N.E. 24th St.

The job came open Jan. 31, when Superintendent Amalia Cudeiro announced she was resigning to be with her ailing mother in California.

With an enrollment of about 18,500, the Bellevue district is the 13th largest in the state, according to data from the state Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction.

Mitrovich and Mills both head districts with more than 17,000 students; Apostle’s district has 8,400 students.

Earlier this year, Bellevue officials expressed interest in Susan Enfield, the interim leader of Seattle’s schools, as a possible replacement for Cudeiro. In 2009, Enfield lost out to Cudeiro for the job.

Enfield announced in December 2011 she would not apply for the Seattle job permanently. She expressed interest in the Bellevue post, but in February accepted the superintendent’s job in the Highline School District.

Material from Seattle Times archives was included in this report. Drew DeSilver: 206-464-3145 or