School board interviews candidates

Rick Eggers, Bob Dais apply for Hood River superintendent job

A surprise name came up this week as the Hood River County School Board began interviewing for a new superintendent.

Interim superintendent Rick Eggers, who earlier said he did not plan to apply, is one of two in-district applicants for the job.

The other is Bob Dais, Hood River Middle School principal for the past nine years.

“In reflecting where my career is,” Dais said, “and where the district is now, I felt (being superintendent) would be a nice complement. I have the leadership skills from my experience at the middle school and elementary school level to take the school district where it needs to be,” said Dais, who was Parkdale principal for four years and also served as principal and elementary teacher in two southern Oregon districts.

Dais will interview at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, the last of six semi-finalists to go before the board. Eggers interviewed on Friday.

“It is an honor to be considered,” Eggers said. “I had served as superintendent of schools in Sherman County for 14 years prior to becoming assistant superintendent here and frankly, I kind of miss this.” An assistant superintendent for the past four years, Eggers was appointed interim in January following the resignation of former school chief Jerry Sessions.

Eggers acknowledged that he had announced a month ago he would not apply because, at this stage in his career, he did not feel he could necessarily commit to serving as superintendent for five or six years.

“That’s a topic the board and I will have to discuss,” Eggers said. “I want to add that I have a great job as assistant superintendent, and if I am not selected I’ll still be happy and I plan to remain as assistant. I am working for one of the best school districts in Oregon.”

Whoever is chosen will be offered the job in early April; public meetings with the finalists will be advertised in early March. The early stages of the selection process had to remain confidential, out of respect for the applicants and their current employment. However, the names of the six semi-finalists are being revealed as they interview, said Jan Veldhuisen Virk, school board chair.

Interviews are scheduled two each day for Feb. 20, Feb. 21, and Feb. 26, the next-to-last step in the winnowing process which started with 23 applications for the job.

The board plans on Wednesday to start discussing who will be the finalists for the job. That session, along with semi-finalists’ interviews, are held in closed executive session. The board will hold a regular meeting at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday night at the District Office.

The board is likely to ask three people back for second interviews. The finalists would also meet with the public and tour the county.

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