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GAPS school board begins process to find an interim superintendent

The board will reconvene on Friday during a meeting at 5 p.m. to decide on the plan.

Posted: Jul 21, 2021 11:39 PM
Updated: Jul 22, 2021 1:21 PM

ALBANY, Ore.-- The Greater Albany Public Schools board is considering the option of accelerating the hiring process of an interim superintendent.

The board met Wednesday to discuss the two options they have to pick an interim superintendent going forward. 


A Special Board Meeting has been scheduled for Friday, July 23, at 5 p.m. The board is asking for written public comment on the following:

To submit a written public comment, please review GAPS policies and email by noon on the day of the meeting.

Use the following email format:

  • Subject line: Public Comment Board Meeting xx-xx-xx (date of meeting)
  • Body of email: Include your name and address (required per policy)

Comments that do not follow the board's policies will not be entered into record. 

You can watch the meeting on the GAPS YouTube channel.

The first option, also known as the accelerated process, would potentially get someone into the position by August.

This accelerated hiring process will allow the board to bypass some rules to pick an interim superintendent faster. However, all interviews and discussions of a candidate must be done in a public setting. This means there will be no executive sessions for members to have private conversations. 

Roger Nyquist, the board member for Zone 2, said it should be required the interim superintendent cannot apply for the permanent position.

Board members agree that they are looking for someone to help steer the ship and stabilize the district until the permanent position can be filled.

"I think it's very important, where this community is today with that work that has been done, that we find somebody who has a track record advocating for all students to get what they need and to have a quality experience both educationally and socially," Nyquist said.

This accelerated process would not be used to find a permanent superintendent. Instead, the interim would be used to help facilitate a conversation with the search for a replacement. 

Before Wednesday's meeting, about a dozen protesters held signs outside of district headquarters, demanding the now-former superintendent, Melissa Goff, be reinstated.

Denee Newton-Vasquez, a former English teacher and a former candidate for the school board, said Goff changed a lot for the better during her two years in the job.

"I think when you make a change it can make people angry," said Newton-Vasquez. "Knowing the decisions that she's made solely on students and keeping them at the center, think this is a loss for our community.

Board members didn't take action on the accelerated hiring plan during Wednesday's meeting. They will instead give community members time to submit public comments.

They will be posting how the accelerated process works on Thursday to allow the public to view it.

The board will reconvene on Friday during a meeting at 5 p.m. to decide on the plan. For information on submitting a public comment for Friday's meeting, CLICK HERE.

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