School district narrows superintendent search

Two finalists visit schools March 13

Hood River County School District Administrative offices.


Hood River County School District Administrative offices.

The Hood River County School District Board of Directors has selected two candidates for its final round of interviews which are set for Wednesday, March 13.

The school board, working with the recruiting firm of Ray and Associates, started the process with a field of 45 applicants. The two finalists will spend the day in Hood River, visiting schools and meeting staff prior to their final interviews.

The public is invited to meet the candidates in an informal setting at the Coe Primary building according to the following schedule: Dan Goldman will be available from 4-4:30 p.m. and Dr. Steven Skalka will be available from 5- 5:30 p.m.

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Dan Goldman is currently the director of curriculum and instruction and elementary programs for the Tigard-Tualatin School District. Prior to his work in curriculum, he worked with Portland Public Schools as a psychologist and teacher on special assignment, directing professional development for classrooms for students with special needs.

Goldman received his bachelor’s degree from Evergreen State College in Olympia, Wash., and a master’s degree from Lewis and Clark College in Portland.

Goldman is attracted to the superintendent position because of the quality of education the Hood River schools provide their students, the size of the district and the opportunities found in the community. He views Hood River County as a great place for he and his wife to raise their two children.

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Dr. Steven Skalka is currently the assistant superintendent of human resources for the Lakeview School District in Battle Creek, Mich. Prior to his current position, Skalka served as Lakeview High School principal for 11 years, assistant high school principal and a math teacher.

Skalka received his bachelor’s degree from Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Penn., a master’s degree from Central Connecticut University in New Britain, Conn., and a Doctor of Education degree from the University of Michigan.

Skalka is impressed by Hood River County School District’s commitment to excellence and states he would feel very much at home with the district’s continuous improvement process. He is married and has two children.

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mudrock says...

After the last two disasterous Superintendents, lets hope that the School Board will be more careful in this latest selection.

Posted 9 March 2013, 8:24 a.m. Suggest removal

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