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Beaverton taps Canby leader as its new schools superintendent

Jeff Rose of Canby replaces retiring Jerry Colonna

The Beaverton School Board hired Jeff Rose as its new superintendent Monday night.

Rose currently serves as the superintendent of the Canby School District, which educates about 5,000 students in nine schools in Clackamas County.

Before taking over the helm of Canby schools in 2008, he served as the school improvement director in Portland's Parkrose district.

Rose will step into Beaverton's top job to replace Superintendent Jerry Colonna, who is retiring in June after eight years leading the school district and 44 years in public education.

The School Board made its selection and approved a contract with Rose during a business meeting Monday night. A press conference and reception to introduce the future district leader to the community followed.

The executive search firm Hazard, Young, Attea and Associates worked with the board to identify and hire a new superintendent. Hank Gmitro, one of the firm's consultants, said that 31 candidates started the application process for Beaverton schools' top job. His firm also reached out to recruit 12 additional potential leaders.

The consultant team then reviewed all the applications, interviewed 15 candidates and narrowed the field to five individuals for the board to consider bringing in for two rounds of interviews.

The Beaverton School District is the third largest district in Oregon with more than 38,000 students in 51 schools.