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Don Grotting will leave the district in June 2022. He has worked as Beaverton's schools superintendent since 2016.

PMG FILE PHOTO - Beaverton School District Superintendent Don Grotting

Beaverton School District officials are on the cusp of starting an extensive superintendent search to succeed Don Grotting, who will be leaving his post next summer.

The recruitment process will formally begin Wednesday, Dec. 15, and end on Wednesday, Jan. 26. Preliminary interviews will begin Jan. 31, with finalists interviewed early March.

A candidate is slated to be chosen by mid-March. The new superintendent will take office in July, officials hope.

Interviews will be conducted by a panel of parents, students, community stakeholders and staff.

A survey was sent out to parents and community members in November to help set the criteria for an ideal superintendent. Of the 2,303 responses received, nearly half came from parents.

Hank Harris, founder and president of Human Capital Enterprises was hired on by the school district to assist in the recruitment process. His team compiled a list of ideal attributes for the future superintendent based on the school district's survey results.

"The list is not a scientific list. It's a combination of art and science, in seeing the key themes across these various data points and reflecting where we believe the community is," he told school board members during a work session on Tuesday, Dec. 7.

The ideal candidate will be an "equity-centered" leader with an established track record of advancing equity work, officials say.

"Equity and cultural responsiveness" was ranked only second to curriculum and instruction when survey-takers were asked what they valued in an educational leader.

The ideal candidate will also need to be a "visionary" and a "strategic leader" who has experience building education programs that include subjects like arts, dual-language, CTE and early childhood programming.

And lastly, Beaverton's new superintendent will need to be a "strong communicator" who "creates systems for inclusive decision-making with all groups and at all levels."

A salary range has not been finalized yet, but based on superintendent salaries from nearby school districts and other districts in similar size, the annual salary will likely be between $250,000 and $340,000.

Grotting has worked for the Beaverton School District since 2016. Prior to his time in Beaverton, he was superintendent of the David Douglas School District, where he worked for six years.

Grotting technically retired at the start of 2020, allowing him to begin collecting retirement benefits from Oregon's Public Employee Retirement System, but he accepted a new contract with the Beaverton School District to continue working as the full-time superintendent on a $289,000 salary.


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