Details of who applied, from where, and how the search has been conducted are being kept secret from the public.

The search for a new Tigard-Tualatin School District superintendent is down to three people, but the district has clouded the process in secrecy.TTSD

The names of the three finalists — indeed, of all candidates — have been kept secret by the district. So, too, their history and current location.

"We decided to go this route to preserve the confidentiality of the applicants," said Jill Zurschmeide, chairwoman of both the Tigard-Tualatin School Board and the search committee.

Most superintendent searches in Oregon are done in secret. Zurschmeide said she wasn't sure why the district went that route, but said it was done without too much discussion.

Ernie Brown is retiring after three years as superintendent. He leaves the post at the end of the school year.

Zurschmeide said 25 people applied for the position: including a good mix of men and women; candidates from within Oregon and elsewhere; and even internationally.

The search committee consists of members of the school board, Brown's Cabinet, teachers, classified staff and the public.

All members of the committee were sworn to secrecy, she said.

Susan Stark Haydon, spokeswoman for the district, said the candidates have been winnowed down to three, who will be interviewed Thursday, March 15. There could be a second round of interviews, she said, or the search committee could decide to move forward on reference checks and selection of the finalist.

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