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Current interim superintendent Ron Alley; Jim Shank named as final candidates

The Scappoose School Board has narrowed its search for a new superintendent to two finalists.

District officials announced Monday that Ron Alley, who is currently serving as interim superintendent, and Jim Shank, are being considered for the position.

Board directors and a screening committee of staff and community members recently reviewed 28 candidates. Initial interviews with several of the candidates were conducted, before the final two candidates were selected, an announcement from the school district indicates.

Ron Alley

Alley currently works as the school district's interim superintendent. He was appointed to the position last spring, after former Superintendent Stephen Jupe resigned.Alley

Before working in the interim role, Alley served as director of curriculum assessment and secondary education, and as the principal of Scappoose Middle School, where he's been in the leadership role since 2014.

Before working in Scappoose, Alley served as principal at Astoria Middle School for eight years.

"Alley's teaching experience consists of 16 years in the Banks School District as a PE/health teacher," a district news release states. Alley has a master's degree in education leadership and a bachelor of science in education from Portland State University.

Jim C. Shank

Shank is the current superintendent for Coupeville School District in Coupeville, Wash., where he has served in that role since 2013. The district includes about 1,000 students, according to the news release.

Prior to taking the job in Coupeville, Shank was superintendent of 3,000 students in the Juab School District in Nephi, Utah, the SSD news release states.

The candidate also has administrative experience as director of federal programs and assessment, as well as principal of Idaho Falls School District, where he worked for 15 years. Shank

"Shank's teaching experience includes four years as a special education teacher in Utah," the district stated. "He has a doctorate in education leadership from Idaho State University and a master of education leadership from Brigham Young University."

Now that two finalists have been selected, the school board will begin background and reference checks. Alley and Shank will also be available during a meet-and-greet with staff and the community next Wednesday, April 4.

Meeting times have yet to be announced.

Second interviews with each candidate will also be conducted by the school board, before a final hiring decision is made.

A previous version of this story misstated the circumstances surrounding Stephen Jupe's exit. The story has been corrected to reflect his resignation.

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