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John Bier, Milt Dennison, Dave Kline and James (Ray) Terry will visit community June 21

After completing a multistate search, the Colton school district board of directors selected four finalists for further consideration to be the interim superintendent for the 2021-22 school year.

The board will begin background and reference checks for the finalists over the next few weeks. Each will be invited for a "day in the district" on June 21. Details for this event are forthcoming. Staff and community members will have an opportunity to meet the candidates. Comment cards will be provided for participants to share thoughts with the school board after the event. COVID-19 protocols will be strictly enforced.

The finalists are:

John Bier

Bier has worked in the David Douglas School District since 1990. He has held a variety of roles including high school principal for the last 13 years. Bier earned his master's degree in education from Portland State University and his administrative credentials from George Fox University.

Milt Dennison

From 2004 to 2016, Dr. Milt Dennison served as the superintendent of the Clackamas Education Service District. Prior to 2004, he served as the superintendent in Camas, Washington and Canby. Dennison received his doctoral degree in Educational Administration and Curriculum from the University of Southern California.

Dave Kline

Since 2015, Dave Kline has been the principal of the Faulconer-Chapman School (K-8) in the Sheridan School District. He has additional duties as the district's Title 1 coordinator and early learning director. Kline received his master's degree in Human Services from Concordia University in River Forest, Illinois. His administrative credentials were awarded from George Fox University.

James (Ray) Terry

James (Ray) Terry received his doctoral degree in Educational Leadership from the Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He has 14 years of experience as a superintendent of the Beaver County School District in Utah (2005–19). Terry has principal experience at the high school, elementary school and alternative school levels throughout his career.


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