The South Lane School District (SLSD) board and screening committee have completed the first phase of the district’s superintendent search process after whittling a large pool of candidates down to a select few last Thursday night.
“We got a good, wide range of candidates,” said Board Vice-chair Alan Baas. “They were good applicants. It was challenging to make our decision.”
The superintendent position has been occupied in a temporary capacity since July 2018 and is currently held by Interim Superintendent Yvonne Curtis.
The screening committee, which is comprised of school staff, parents and community members, convened with the school board in executive session on Jan. 30 to review 20 applicants for the position.
“I think we had a really good selection of the community here,” said Board Chair Sherry Duerst-Higgins of the screening committee.
Oregon School Boards Association Executive Search Consultant Steve Kelley guided the group through a discussion of the “strengths and concerns” of each applicant.
The board eventually settled on a list of seven by the end of the session, but it later released a statement confirming that five candidates had accepted an invitation for a first round of interviews.
The interviews are scheduled to take place in executive session on Monday, Feb. 17 and will be attended by the screening committee.
Following the interviews, the board will publicly identify the finalists and begin its third phase of the process, which will include site visits by the candidates and reference checking.
Final interviews are currently scheduled for March 9 and will include a moderated Q & A during which staff and community members may attend. Details of the “finalist forum” will be announced by the school board at a later date.
“We definitely welcome the public to look for those dates and show up where they’re invited,” said Baas.