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Philomath School Board

The twists and turns of trying to hire a quality interim superintendent continue to challenge the local school board.

First, the board believed there were no candidates from the Philomath School District and decided to go out for bids on the hiring of a consultant to handle the search. However, an internal candidate actually did surface and the board needed to redirect its attention with new possibilities to consider.

After sending out an all-district email to see if more local candidates might be out there (it was reported that there weren't), the board met Thursday night in executive session with the person interested in the job. Later in open session, the board did not want to identify the candidate until the screening process was completed and other finalists were determined. In the meantime, the board felt it had a smokin' deal from the OSBA to help with the external search process and it voted to enlist that organization's services.

This morning, I received an email that the internal candidate had withdrawn from consideration. So, the interim superintendent will come from outside the district. This will be an interesting journey for the school board and one big final challenge for the two that are departing (Rick Wells and Shelly Brown). Counting from today, the board pretty much has seven weeks before outgoing superintendent Melissa Goff works her final day.

The task of trying to hire a quality interim superintendent on a tight schedule is obviously a challenge. I'm sure that these volunteers that serve on our local school board will do their best to make it happen as they negotiate those further twists and turns. Stay tuned.

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