Scappoose school board mum on search for superintendent
The Scappoose School District has not made any new decisions about its supposed search for a full-time superintendent.
The school district's board of directors held a closed meeting Wednesday, Nov. 7, to review employment-related performance of the district's interim superintendent, Paul Peterson, but did not take any action following the nearly two-hour discussion.
Board Chair Phil Lager explained a Wednesday night agenda item labeled "Superintendent Search Update" following the closed session was just a placeholder suggested by the board's consultant, Greg McKenzie of NextUp Leadership, who has been guiding the
district through it's search
for a permanent superintendent.
The school board is scheduled to hold another regular meeting next Tuesday and plans to add an executive session to the agenda to continue its conversations.
Currently, the district is under the leadership of Peterson, who was hired by a 5-2 vote of the school board over the summer.
In October, the board held an executive session to review performance of a chief officer, but also made no final decisions following that meeting. During the October school board meeting, Peterson also presented a self evaluation of his performance thus far with the district.
At that same October meeting, the school board offered no public direction to McKenzie about how to proceed with his firm's services after board member Tim Brooks moved to continue the district's search for a permanent superintendent. The motion was supported by Maloney, but was voted down by the board majority.
McKenzie's firm has a contract with the district to continue working with it until a permanent superintendent is in place.
Lager would not clarify if the school board is any closer to making a decision about a permanent superintendent or where it is in terms of evaluating Peterson. He previously noted in an email to the Spotlight that Peterson was not being formally evaluated, but the board wanted to discuss the "interim superintendent's progress to date."