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Candidates will be interviewed April 18-22, with a decision expected at April 26 board meeting

The effort to name a new superintendent for the Newberg School District came one step closer to fruition last week.

According to a release from the district, three finalists have been named to replace Dr. Joe Morelock, who saw his contract terminated by the conservative majority of the school board last fall.

The three candidates were selected after interviews were held last week with an unknown number of finalists for the position.

Gregg Koskela, the district communications director, explained in the release the next step in the process:

"Each finalist is invited to participate in a full day of interviews in the district (April 18-22) to visit schools and to meet with staff, students and the community. Each finalist will also interview for a final time in person with the board."

Members of the community can meet the finalists from 5:15 to 6:15 p.m. on three consecutive days -- April 19, 20 and 21 in the west commons at Newberg High School. In addition, school district employees can attend separate meet-and-greets with the respective candidates from 4:15 to 6 p.m. each day, also in the west commons of the high school.

The three finalists for the superintendent spot are Dan Busch, Jacob Hall and Stephen Phillips. Hall will appear on April 19, Phillips on April 20 and Busch on April 21.

Busch is assistant superintendent of the Silver Falls School District in Silverton. He has been an educator in Oregon for 27 years and previously served as principal at Fowler Middle School in Tigard and assistant principal of Mountain View Middle School in Newberg.

Hall, who is seeking his doctorate, is the executive director of learning supports and alternatives in the Woodland (Washington) School District, where he was formerly the principal of Woodland Middle School. He has 20 years of experience as an educator.

Phillips is superintendent of the Jewell School District in Seaside. A veteran of 24 years as an educator, he previously served as deputy superintendent in the Beaverton School District and superintendent in the Malheur Education Service District in Vale.

The school board, Koskela said, intends to select a superintendent at its April 26 board meeting.

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