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The community is invited to meet Jay Mathisen, Dan Koopman and Jeffry Davis next week

Jefferson County School District 509-J Board members have selected their top three candidates for the superintendent position. Two candidates are leaders at Oregon universities, and the third is from a Washington school district.

The board of directors will conduct final candidate interviews with three superintendent finalists, Jay Mathisen, Dan Koopman and Jeffry Davis, Tuesday through Thursday, March 2-4.

According to a media release from the school district, opportunities to meet each candidate will be held at the Performing Arts Center, 415 Buff St. in Madras, from 7 to 8 p.m. each of the three evenings. Candidate evening meetings will be open to the public and available via YouTube stream to accommodate more of the community for viewing due to capacity seating due to COVID. Limited seating in the PAC will be on a first-come, first-serve basis and in compliance with current COVID restrictions.

Community members may submit questions for each candidate to Tessa Bailey at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 5 p.m. Monday, March 1. Questions will be asked of the candidates at each public gathering as time allows.

The Jefferson County School Board invited the following applicants to interview for the superintendent position:

SUBMITTED PHOTO - Jay MathisenThe board will interview Dr. Jay Mathisen on Tuesday, March 2.

Mathisen is currently the director of Educational Leadership at George Fox University. Previously, Mathisen served as deputy superintendent and assistant superintendent of the Bend/La Pine School District. Mathisen also served as La Pine High School principal and as assistant principal at La Pine Middle School. He began his career teaching and coaching at the high school and middle school levels in the McKenzie School District.

Mathisen earned his Bachelor's Degree from Western Baptist College, his Master's Degree from Western Oregon College, and his Doctorate at George Fox University.

SUBMITTED PHOTO - Dan Koopman Board members will interview Dr. Dan Koopman on Wednesday, March 3.

Koopman is the current instructional dean of CTE, Career and Technical Education, at Southwestern Oregon Community College. Previously, Koopman served as center director and associate vice president at Blue Mountain Community College, Baker County Campus, as the director of Foundational Studies at Oglala Lakota College, and as grant coordinator for Black Hills Special Services. He also served as an elementary principal in Boise School District and head teacher in a Boise area Seventh-Day Adventist School.

Koopman received his Bachelor of Arts in religious studies at Walla Walla College, his Master of Education Degree in school administration at the University of Idaho, and his Doctorate in education from the University of Idaho.

SUBMITTED PHOTO - Jeffry Davis The board will interview Jeffry Davis on Thursday, March 4.

Davis is currently the superintendent of the Onalaska School District in Onalaska, Washington. Davis previously served as superintendent of the Central Curry School District in Gold Beach. Davis has also served as high school principal in Colton School District and as assistant principal in the Oregon City School District. Davis was also a teacher and coach in the North Clackamas School District, the Hood River School District, the Tigard School District, and the Bend/La Pine School District.

Davis received his Bachelor of Science Degree from Oregon College of Education and his Master's Degree from Lewis and Clark College.

For more information on the public candidate events, go to the Jefferson County School District 509-J website

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