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School board personnel committee has received applications and done interviews; Parker hired as superintendent in Forest Grove

The Newberg School District has received interest in the interim superintendent position it posted two weeks ago, but the process is still ongoing, according to director Melinda Van Bossuyt.

Van Bossuyt was tasked with providing an update on behalf of the personnel committee at the April 24 board meeting, but did not share much other than that it has received "a handful" of applications and did conduct interviews at the executive sessions it had set aside for the purpose April 18-19.

"The board has done a few interviews and we are still in the process, so the posting will remain open until the position is filled," Van Bossuyt said. "In the meantime, we just have to be patient, that it will all come to fruition before we know it, I'm sure."

The board voted 6-1 at its April 10 meeting to seek an interim superintendent for the 2018-2019 school year to replace outgoing leader Kym LeBlanc-Esparza, who will resign at the end of the school year in order to move to Colorado to support her daughter, who recently gave birth to a child who is expected to have special needs.

As part of its decision, the board moved to keep the position open until filled so that it could consider applications as they were submitted.

Assistant superintendent Dave Parker, whose position has been cut for 2018-2019, indicated at the April 10 meeting that he would indeed apply and received a rousing endorsement from teachers' union president Gail Grobey during the public comment portion of that meeting.

However, it was revealed Wednesday morning that Parker had been hired as superintendent of the Forest Grove School District. The remaining two candidates were scheduled to participate in a second round of interviews Tuesday and Wednesday, with an announcement scheduled for May 14.

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