The Natrona County School District has announced the three finalists for the head principal position at the Natrona County High School.

One finalist is an assistant principal at the school, one is from Afton, and the third is from Iowa.

The public will have the opportunity to meet them during a moderated forum at the District's Central Services Building, 970 N. Glenn Road, at 7 p.m. Thursday.

Crystal Mueller, the district's superintendent of human resources, identified the candidates in a news release on Tuesday:

Ronald Estes Jr., is an assistant principal at Natrona County High School. He attended Chadron State College in Chadron, Neb., and earned a master's degree in school administration. He also has completed graduate courses at the University of Wyoming and Bemidji (Minn.) State University.

Shannon Harris is director of curriculum and instruction at the Lincoln County School District No. 2 in Afton. She attended Brigham Young University and earned a master's degree with a certification in blindness and visually impaired education. She earned a master's degree in special education and teaching from Utah State University in Logan, Utah., and has taken graduate courses in educational leadership and administration from New Mexico Highlands University in Las Vegas, N.M.

Mark Hutchenson is an associate principal for grades 11 and 12 at Linn-Mar Community Schools in Marion, Iowa. He earned a master's degree in HPER athletic administration from South Dakota State University in Brookings, S.D. He also earned a master's degree in educational leadership K-12 from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa.

The new principal will fill the vacancy left by Dean Kelly, who resigned his position after the controversy over a “Saturday Night Live” parody skit performed before NCHS staff and some students in August. The uproar lead to an investigation and disciplinary actions against an unknown number of employees. Kelly took another job in the district.