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The Newberg School District hosts a meet-and-greet with the candidates on Monday

GARY ALLEN - Oscar Gilson is assistant superintendent at Portland Public Schools.

After an extensive search with the help of an executive search firm, the Newberg School District has narrowed its field for the next superintendent to three candidates: Interim superintendent Joe Morelock, Portland Public Schools Assistant Superintendent Oscar Gilson and Corbett School District Superintendent Randy Trani.

The three candidates boast varied backgrounds in the education field and all provide extensive experience that led them to top candidacies for the Newberg position.

Morelock has filled the superintendent spot in Newberg since 2018, when he joined the school district after three years as the assistant superintendent in Lake Oswego. Before that, he was executive director of curriculum and educational programs for the Lake Oswego School District and also worked in the Canby School District.GARY ALLEN - Joe Morelock is the interim superintendent of the Newberg School District.

According to a biography provided by the school district, Morelock was also "a teacher, librarian, teacher on special assignment and a coach. He is trilingual in English, Spanish and Portuguese and has a doctor of education, educational leadership from Portland State University."

Gilson oversees the 21 schools connected to Franklin and Grant High. In addition to multiple senior director positions at PPS, he has been an "elementary school principal, middle college program director, dual language teacher and ELD facilitator," according to the district.

Gilson has a bilingual background in English and Spanish and received a master's degree in education from Portland State.GARY ALLEN - Randy Trani is Corbertt School District superintendent.

Trani is a George Fox University graduate who has been the superintendent of the Corbett School District for the last past years. He was a principal in Corbett for five years prior and taught science at Newberg High School from 1999 to 2004. His degree from GFU is a doctorate in educational leadership.

All three candidates met with Newberg community members on Monday in a round-robin, meet-and-greet event at Newberg High School. Morelock, Gilson and Trani rotated between three rooms, each one holding a different concerned party.

Those connected to the elementary school met in one room, with middle school folks in another and those with high school concerns in the library. Each candidate answered questions from audience members and laid out their vision for the district's future.

Attendees left written feedback for the school board as the search process continues. The next step will be for the board to review those comments, the qualifications of each candidate and other information gathered. After that, the board will interview each candidate. It is expected to come to a decision by June.

School briefs

Kindergarten registration set for April in area

Newberg and Dundee elementary schools are hosting a kindergarten registration day from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. April 10. Children who will be 5 years or older by Sept. 1 are eligible for kindergarten.

The required items to register a child include immunization records and proof of age. Those who don't have those items at the time of registration must submit them before the child starts school in the fall.

Further questions can be directed to individual elementary schools. Office phone numbers are available on www.Newberg.k12.or.us.

Rummage sale set for Newberg grad night

Newberg High School is hosting a rummage sale to raise money for its 2019 Grad Night. Proceeds from the sale, slated for 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 16 in the commons at the high school, will go toward the school's alcohol- and drug-free party that follows graduation in June. To donate items for sale, email April at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call/text her at 971-533-1989.

Spring break art camp for youths

The Chehalem Cultural Center is inviting children pre-kindergarten through fifth grade to a spring break art camp on March 25-27. Half-days for children 3-6 will be from 9 a.m. to noon that Monday through Wednesday; full days for children in first through fifth grade will run from 9 until 3 p.m.

The camp is a "hands-on exploration of art" that includes work with clay, paint, reclaimed materials and more. A 10 percent discount is offered to CCC members and scholarships are available. For more information, visit www.chehalemculturalcenter.org.

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