GAPS board favors Rob Saxton to be interim superintendent

Normally, the process to appoint an interim superintendent would take much longer, but the board voted to suspend the typical policy.

Posted: Jul 23, 2021 8:04 PM
Updated: Jul 23, 2021 9:30 PM

ALBANY, Ore. --- At the conclusion of Friday's meeting, Greater Albany Public School district board members favored Rob Saxton to be the district's interm superintendent.

Saxton formerly worked as a deputy superintendent on the state level.

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Dozens of protestors gathered outside of the meeting to contest the board's decision to move forward in the search for an interim superintendent. Many of them said the decision to fire Melissa Goff was done too quickly.

They said more time should be given to consider other candidates as well. Gail Langellotto said she believes the transparency on behalf of the board has been minimal.

"It's really important to have open communication because our school system is diverse and we're parents with kids in the school system," Langellotto said, "We think it's very important for the board of directors to hear the voices of the parents and the community members and they seem totally unwilling to talk to us."

Normally, the process to appoint an interim superintendent would take much longer, but the board voted to suspend the typical policy. 

In addition to Saxton, a lone board member introduced Kathleen Rodden-Nord from Junction City, Maryalice Russell from McMinnville, Matt Utterback from North Clackamas, Trip Goodall from Canby, and Chris Parra from Bethel as potential options.

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