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Searching for a superintendent

Community encouraged to complete online survey.

By Sean Hart

Blue Mountain Eagle

Published on April 9, 2018 12:14PM

Grant School District No. 3 Superintendent Curt Shelley is leaving for another district, and the school board is asking the public to complete an online survey about qualities they would like to see in Shelley’s replacement.

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Grant School District No. 3 Superintendent Curt Shelley is leaving for another district, and the school board is asking the public to complete an online survey about qualities they would like to see in Shelley’s replacement.

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Grant School District is searching for a replacement for outgoing Superintendent Curt Shelley.

Community members are encouraged to provide feedback to the school board about district strengths, weaknesses and priorities and qualities they would like to see in a superintendent. A survey is available online at www.grantesd.k12.or.us/district-3.

“We would like as much participation as possible,” board chair Chris Cronin said. “We really want to get a lot of input via that online survey. That’s really the best way for people to participate.”

Cronin said the survey is short and simple but provides plenty of opportunities for people to describe what they’d like to see.

A special board meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 11, to discuss the vacancy, superintendent qualifications and salary range, applicant review arrangements and the possible hiring of a search consultant.

“We’re going to be hiring a firm — if the board approves that —to help us with the search,” Cronin said. “We’re looking for the best candidate to replace Mr. Shelley. We’ve had a lot of stability in our district, and we’re looking for a quality person.”

Cronin said the goal is to have a new superintendent in place by July 1 when Shelley leaves, but the board is committed to selecting the best person for the job.

“We’re committed to doing a thorough job and really want to get the best person for our district at this time,” she said.

Shelley, who has accepted a job at another district, said he was pleased the board was considering hiring a firm to help with the search.

“I think it’s important to try to find the best candidate to fill the position,” he said, adding the district is currently working on multiple items he hoped to see carried out. “I’d like to see this district move forward in a positive manner.”



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