4J search for interim superintendent will be closed to public

On a 5-2 vote, the board voted to keep the process behind closed doors.

Posted: Apr 2, 2020 12:55 PM
Updated: Apr 2, 2020 1:00 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- The search for an interim superintendent for the 4J school district took a controversial step forward last night as a split board voted to conduct the process behind closed doors.

On a 5-2 vote, board members approved a motion that will keep the names of applicants and finalists secret until a final decision has been made.

Board members Gordon Lafer and Martina Shabram voted against the motion, saying they wanted more transparency. They expressed an interest in allowing teachers and the community to participate in the selection process.

Board members Anne Marie Levis, Alicia Hays, Judy Newman, Jim Torrey, and Mary Walson voted to keep the process confidential.

Separately, the board hired consultants Randy Schild and Rob Saxton to help in the process.

At a previous meeting, the board decided that the interim superintendent would be an internal hire from within the district and will work on a one-year contract.

Board members say they hope to have the interim superintendent in place by May 1.

Current superintendent Gustavo Balderas was hired by a district in Edmonds, Wash, and will start his new job on July 1.

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