School district seeks community input on superintendent hiring

Needed: new school leader.

Hood River County School District formally begins its superintendent search next week with public meetings in Cascade Locks and Odell on Monday, and Hood River on Tuesday.

The Monday meetings will be 5-6 p.m. at the Cascade Locks Band Room, followed by a 7-8 p.m. session (Va a haber un traductor para espanol) at Wy’east Middle School, Room 28.

The Tuesday meeting will be from 5-6 p.m., at Hood River Middle School Library.

The purpose of the meetings is to learn from the community what qualifications and skills it wants from its new superintendent.

Similar meetings are also planned with school district staff next week.

The board accepted the resignation of current superintendent Jerry Sessions in September, and plans to hire a new school chief by April 1.

Consultant Jer Pratton will facilitate the three meetings, and the entire search process. Pratton, of Hermiston, works for Oregon School Boards Association, which has the contract with the district to advertise the superintendent position, oversee screening of applicants, and conduct the interview and selection process. Pratton is a former assistant superintendent of Hood River County School District.

The notice of vacancy will be officially posted on the OSBA web site Dec. 9. On Dec. 11, Pratton will present the qualifications to the board for review.

At that meeting, which is open to the public, the board will designate an advisory screening committee structure. Names for the committee will be presented to the board on Jan. 8, 2003.

Between Dec. 12-17, Pratton will develop an informational brochure about the district, advertise the position, and make direct contacts about the opening.

The closing date for applications is Jan. 27, and Pratton and the advisory committee will screen applicants in early February, with interview planned for Feb. 24-28.

About 20 people, including teachers, administrators, other staff, and parents, will serve on the advisory committee.

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