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The final candidate vying to become the superintendent of Des Moines Public Schools was interviewed Wednesday.

James Browder is the last of three finalists to undergo an interview with the public followed by a private interview with the school board.

Browder has served as the superintendent in Anchorage, Alaska. If given the position in Des Moines Browder says he would launch a community-wide effort to raise graduation rates.

“I’m going to be an advocate for their children and I’m going to do my part to assure they get a quality experience so they’re college and career ready when they walk out our door.  They’ll be proud of the education they get and I’ll be proud to be a part of that,” he said.

The other two finalists for the job were interviewed on Monday and Tuesday. They include current Interim Superintendent Tom Ahart, and Chief Academic Officer for School in Washington, D.C. Carey Wright.

The school board met in a closed session following Browder’s interview to consider the three finalists. They have not set a timetable for announcing their selection.

If you missed the public interviews you can watch them here.