At this point there's no deadline for hiring and applications for the position are slow in coming

Community members who want to play a role in finding a new principal for Wilson High School are being encouraged to fill out a survey or even apply for a spot on the selection team.

Some stakeholder meetings have already taken place.  During the last week of October, Joe LaFountaine, the assistant superintendent in charge of Portland Public Schools' high schools, met and talked with groups of Wilson staff, students and other groups.

Before the first set of meetings, LaFountaine said that only about two dozen people had taken the online survey at, but he expected that number to climb during the first few weeks of November.  He outlined the entire process in an email to The Connection; here's how he said it would work:

The meetings at Wilson in late October will result in a list of qualities in a candidate that people want to see in a new principal.  LaFountaine will also use those conversations to come up with a half-dozen "core themes"  for consideration. From that, he will develop questions for the initial round of interviews with qualified candidates.

Anyone can apply to district's Human Resources department to be on the team that interviews those candidates. There will be some training involved, the district says, and the role will require a significant time commitment.

There's no projected date for hiring the new principal, LaFountaine said, adding that "this process is somewhat fluid."

"We have to have enough highly qualified candidates to merit pulling this team together," he said. "That is usually three or four. Since this process started after the start of the school year, we are experiencing a slow flow of candidates."

The final step in the process is an interview with Superintendent Guadalupe Guerrero and Deputy Superintendent for Instruction Yvonne Curtis.

The posiition of High School Principal at Wilson was posted on the PPS website and at various other sites on September 21. The position pays a minimum of $128,562 for 233 work days.

Wilson's previous principal, Brian Chatard, resigned from his job at the 1400-student high school this past summer. His reasons for leaving after six years as principal were never made public.

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