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Oregon Trail School District offers one superintendent candidate a second interview

The Oregon Trail School District offered Dr. Shelly Redinger, executive director of Teaching and Learning for the Richland School District in Richland, Wash., a second interview following a day of interviews with five candidates for the district's superintendent position.

"That's not an indicator that they think other people did a bad job, it's just that's who floated to the top initially," said the district communications director, Julia Monteith.

School board members John Bromley and Norm Trost are expected to travel to Redinger's district for a full day of observation on Wednesday, March 14. The board will conduct their second interview with Redinger on Thursday, March 15 at 5 p.m.

Following the interview, Redinger will be made available to the public during a community forum at the city of Sandy council chambers. Community members may also provide feedback to the board at this time.

The board is expected to make a decision on whether or not to offer Redinger a contract that evening during an executive session following the community forum.

Redinger was one of five candidates interviewed on Tuesday, March 6 to replace retiring Superintendent Clementina Salinas. The other candidates were Sandy High School Principal Jim Saxton; Dr. Elaine Drakulich, assistant superintendent of the North Clackamas School District; Dr. Phil Knight, superintendent of the Almogordo School District in Alamogordo, N.M.; and Ed Smith, executive director of curriculum for the Reynolds School District. Each candidate had a 45-minute interview and went on a tour of the district.

Sixteen contenders initially turned in applications to the district.

'We're very thrilled at the candidates,' said School Board Chairman Terry Lenchitsky. 'They're all very qualified and experienced people. We're very fortunate to have local and out of state people.'