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Two meet-and-greet events with top candidates for superintendent job planned Wednesday and Thursday, March 20 and 21

The Scappoose School District board of directors has identified its top four candidates vying for the full-time superintendent job with the school district.

The school district issued a press release Monday, March 18, announcing the candidates. They are: Carol Egan, Timothy Porter, Gerry Washburn and Paul Peterson.

The school board has scheduled two public meet-and-greet events with the candidates Wednesday and Thursday, March 20 and March 21, at the Scappoose High School library. The meet-and-greet events will be held from 4 to 6:15 p.m. both days. Two candidates will attend each event.

After the meet-and-greets, the school board is expected to convene in executive session to conduct secondary interviews.

Last week, the school board conducted closed interviews with its top roughly half-dozen candidates out of the pool of 22 who applied for the position. Monday's press release included brief bios about each remaining candidate.

Paul Peterson

Peterson is currently serving as the interim superintendent for the school district, a term that expires June 30. He was appointed to the role by a 5 to 2 school board vote last spring. Prior to that, Peterson served as an assistant superintendent for the Northwest Regional Education Service District for six years. Peterson also served as Scappoose superintendent from 2006 to 2011, before he was released early from his contract. Peterson also worked in the Klamath Falls School District, and has taught in Washington and Wyoming.

Carol Egan

Egan works in Multnomah County as director of the Center for Advanced Learning, a charter school focused on career and technical education services that accepts students from Gresham-Barlow, Reynolds and Centennial schools. The charter school serves 500 students. In December, Egan had asked the board of directors not to renew her contract with CAL, which expires at the end of June, in order to pursue other opportunities to further advance CTE and science, technology, engineering, arts and math programs statewide and regionally, according to reporting from the Gresham Outlook.

Egan was also a middle school principal in the West Linn-Wilsonville School District, a director of curriculum and instruction for Bellingham Public Schools, and has held administrative and teaching positions in Portland Public Schools.

Timothy Porter

Porter has served as superintendent for the South Umpqua School District since 2016. Prior to his tenure there, he served as the director of technology and student achievement in the South Lane School District, worked as the curriculum director in the Sweet Home School District, and previously taught math and science in Oregon and California.

Gerry Washburn

Washburn worked as the superintendent for Roseburg Public Schools for three years before he was placed on administrative leave with the district and the board negotiated a separation agreement with him in August nearly one year before his contract was set to expire, according to reporting from KEZI, an ABC News affiliate.

Washburn also served as the assistant superintendent for two years and as a director of human resources for three years with Los Alamos Public Schools in New Mexico. He has also severed as an elementary and middle school principal and taught at the elementary school level.


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