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CEO finalists will visit district April 9, 10, 12 and 13 and meet with schools and community

OUTLOOK PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE  - Linda Florence, superintendent of the Reynolds School District, is retiring at the end of the school year, and the district has more than 30 applicants to replace her. The Reynolds School District has received more than 30 applications for the superintendent's job, a field the school board will be narrowing down in upcoming weeks.

"I'm encouraged by the number of applicants," said Reynolds School Board Chairman Joe Teeny. "We obviously have a district that people want to lead."

The school board will review the 30-plus candidates and select about 15 final contenders. On Wednesday, April 4, the board will winnow that down to about four finalists to lead Reynolds.

Earlier this year, Superintendent Linda Florence announced her retirement from the top spot, effective June 30.

Those four finalists will visit the district on April 9, 10, 12 and 13. They will go to various schools and meet with administrators, staff and the community.

Community members can meet and question the final four candidates at forums open to the community at 10 a.m. on April 9, 10, 12 and 13, in the Reynolds Professional Development Center - Edgefield, Building A, 2408 S.W. Halsey St. in Troutdale.

The board expects to select Florence's replacement later in April, and that executive will start the job on July 1.

The 67-year-old Florence has helmed the state's 11th largest school district of 11,277 students since July 2012. Under Florence's tenure, voters passed a $125 million facilities bond in 2015. As a district, Reynolds offers some unique challenges. About half of the students in the district do not speak English as their first language, and more than 80 percent of students in kindergarten through eighth grade are economically disadvantaged.

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