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Superintendent applications due next week

Applications for the Lake Oswego School District superintendent position will be accepted until Monday.Bill Korach

The school board has brought on search firm Ray and Associates to help find a replacement for Superintendent Bill Korach, who retires in June after 27 years at the helm.

Ray and Associates and school board members also are seeking suggestions regarding potential candidates for the position. The base salary will be up to $185,000 depending on experience and qualifications.

Superintendent credentials include a master’s degree, completion of an approved program as well as the completion of a skills test or completion of a doctorate program. Desired qualities include strong communication and leadership skills as well as having a student-first philosophy.

For more information, visit rayassoc.com.

Host families wanted for spring visit

Azumano International is seeking host families for students visiting from Lake Oswego's sister city, Yoshikawa, Japan.

Students, who will visit March 28 to April 3, will spend the lion’s share of weekdays on group tours. On evenings and weekends, host families can spend more time with their guests. Their itinerary will include some time visiting students at Lake Oswego Junior High School.

The students range in age from 12 to 15, and host families are provided with a daily allowance for expenses.

For more information, call 503-221-6132 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Students bring fairy tale to life

Lake Grove Elementary School students are performing “Hope Grows” on Saturday.

Shaking the Tree Theatre & Studio founder, teacher and artistic director Samantha Van Der Merwe will direct the student production, which is based on the children's book “The Apple-Pip Princess.” The book by Jane Ray is a fairy tale centering on a princess. She brings hope and life to her kingdom with the seed of an apple after the queen’s death brings saddens and makes the land barren.

The play will be 4 and 6 p.m. at the school gym, 15777 Boones Ferry Road. Tickets are $2 per person.

LOSD board member joins policy committee

A Lake Oswego School Board member officially kicked off her term last week on the Oregon School Boards Association’s legislative policy committee.Liz Hartman

Liz Hartman will serve in Position 8, which with Position 7, covers the Clackamas region. Hartman was among 14 people elected to serve on the committee. Also, four new members have been elected to the OSBA’s board, and six members were re-elected. All terms began Jan. 1.

The OSBA’s board serves K-12 public school boards, public charter school boards, education service district boards, community college boards and the state Board of Education through services including legislative advocacy at state and federal levels. The association has up to 21 elected representatives from 14 regions throughout the state, and member boards elect the legislative policy committee.

LOHS auction on tap soon

The Lake Oswego High School auction is coming up next month.

The blue jean-casual event will begin at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 8 at McMenamins Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W Burnside St., Portland. Early bird tickets are $55 each. The price lasts until Jan. 17. Parking, bus and raffle tickets also are available.

For more information visit lakerauction.com or email the event co-chairwomen: Rhonda Cohen, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; and Mary Giering, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

School closures are scheduled

Schools in the Lake Oswego School District will be closed for a few days in January and in February.

For all students, there will be no school on Jan. 20 to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day. For grades ninth to 12th, there will be no school on Jan. 24.

There will be an early dismissal Feb. 10, and students will not have classes on President’s Day on Feb. 17.