Timeline set for 509-J supt. search


Will be accepting candidate applications Jan. 12 to Feb. 17

A timeline and procedure for the search for a new School District 509-J superintendent was adopted at a Jan. 5 meeting of the district board of directors.

After a quick adjustment to allow for last minute input meetings in Warm Springs, the board approved the search calendar, which allowed a recruiting brochure to be developed and applications to be accepted from Jan. 12 to Feb. 17.

Consultant Steve Kelley, with the Oregon School Boards Association, discussed the salary range they should advertise, and screening committee composition with the board.

Using salary comparisons with other similar districts, Kelley proposed a base salary range of $130,000-$140,000. But since the Jefferson County Education Service District would contribute $13,000, if the candidate also agrees to be the ESD superintendent, board members wanted that figured in to make the position more attractive.

A proposed salary range of $140,000 to $155,000 was agreed upon.

The district will be taking applications from citizens interested in serving on the candidate screening committee, they will be selected by Feb. 13, and a training will be held for them at 6 p.m., Feb. 23, in the meeting room at the Madras Performing Arts Center.

Kelley suggested no more than 15 people be on the screening committee. After discussing different options, it was decided the committee would include all five 509-J board members, two members from the ESD, two community/parent members, two from administration, two teachers, and two classified staff.

The calendar calls for the committee to screen all applications on Feb. 23 and pick the top 10. On March 2, the 509-J board will narrow the recommendations down to six candidates for preliminary interviews.

Interviews, will be done March 13-17, with screening committee members in the audience, and the top three finalists will be selected.

An open house will then be held April 4, where the public can come and meet the three finalist candidates.

The final interviews will be done that night by the 509-J board only, and a "first choice" candidate will be selected.

If the candidate accepts the position, the board will vote to hire the person at its regular public board meeting on April 10.

In other business:

. The board accepted a Northwest Health Foundation Grant of $3,000 for Warm Springs K-8 Academy; a donation of $2,000 from Bank of the Cascades to help buy microphone equipment for the Madras Performing Arts Center; and a Title III improvement grant of $180,000 from the Oregon Department of Education.

. The board heard information from Superintendent Rick Molitor on the possibility of changing from having five "at-large" members to having three member chosen by zone (to ensure Warm Springs representation) and two serving at-large. No decision was made.