The new administrator will replace Linda Florence, who is retiring at the end of this school year

After sifting through 33 applications from 17 states, the Reynolds School Board picked the four finalists for the job of superintendent of the state's 11th-largest school district.

Two of the candidates have already appeared in public forums this week, but the community can still meet two of the hopefuls at 10 a.m. on Thursday, April 12, and Friday, April 13.

The new superintendent, who is expected to be announced by the end of the month, will replace Linda Florence, who is retiring at the end of the current school year.

The final four candidates are: Frank Caropelo, assistant superintendent at Reynolds; Anthony (Tony) Mann, superintendent, Molalla River School District; Danna Diaz, superintendent, San Juan Island School District in Friday Harbor, Wash.; and Lisa Riggs, associate superintendent/chief academic officer for San Antonio Independent School District.

Danna Diaz

CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - Danna DiazOn Thursday, April 12, the public can meet Diaz, superintendent for the San Juan Island schools. Before moving to the San Juan district, she was assistant superintendent of El Paso Independent School District and before that director of student engagement at Fort Worth Independent School District. Diaz holds a doctoral degree in education administration from the University of Texas, a master's degree in preschool education from the University of Houston and a bachelor's degree from University of Mary Hardin-Baylor in Belton, Texas.

Lisa Riggs

Riggs will meet with interested citizens on Friday, April 13.

Before rising to associate superintendent, she was senior executive director of curriculum and instruction at San Antonio Independent School District.

Riggs earned a master's degree in educational leadership from University of Victoria in British Columbia, Canada, a master's degree in curriculum and instruction from Seattle City University and a bachelor's degree in English and education from Washington State University - Pullman.

Frank Caropelo

CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - Frank CaropeloThe two candidates who have already met with stakeholders are no strangers to the Reynolds School District.

Caropelo has been with the Reynolds district for two years. Prior to Reynolds, Caropelo served as vice president of education policy for Chalkboard Project, Portland, and before that, assistant superintendent for Greater Albany Public Schools. Caropelo has a master's degree in multicultural education from California State University-Sacramento, a bachelor's degree in anthropology and education from Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., and is completing a doctoral degree in educational leadership from Concordia University in Chicago.

Tony Mann

CONTRIBUTD PHOTO - Tony MannBefore serving as Molalla's superintendent, Mann served as assistant superintendent at Reynolds and principal at Walt Morey Middle School in the Reynolds district. Mann earned a master's degree in teaching and educational leadership from Lewis & Clark College in Portland, and a bachelor's degree in English from Oregon State University in Corvallis.

The candidate forums are at the Reynolds Professional Development Center-Edgefield, Building A, 2408 S.W. Halsey St., Troutdale.

For more information on the process of selecting a new superintendent, visit the Reynolds district website at and click on the superintendent search link.

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