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Board begins scheduling closed interviews with top picks; second interviews likely to take place in April

The Scappoose School District board of directors has narrowed the field of applicants vying for the open superintendent position and is in the process of scheduling closed interviews sometime next week.

The board and a handful of members of a superintendent selection committee attended a closed meeting Monday night, March 12, after having a week to review 28 applications submitted for the open position.

Scappoose Board Chair Phil Lager said the board has identified its top picks and is hoping to schedule 10 interviews late next week.

Lager explained it can be difficult to schedule interviews with all of the top picks because some applicants no longer wish to be considered or have taken other jobs.

After conducting the first round of interviews, the board will decide its top two to four candidates, and will then set up secondary interviews.

The school board will conduct open interviews with applicants who make it through to the next round sometime in April, most likely after spring break.

Lager said it can be challenging to nail down precise dates and timelines depending on the availability of applicants the board seeks to interview.

"We set a date to do it, but we want to be able to get those people out here," Lager said.

The public will gain an understanding of the board's top choices when open interviews are conducted. Lager said closed interviews are common and help provide some security for applicants who still hold current jobs in other school districts.

"Most of them are in current positions and they don't want to divulge that they're looking for other jobs," Lager said. "Usually when you have two to three finalists, they'll feel that they're in a secure enough position to disclose that."

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