The Beaverton School District will soon find out if it will be a part of Harvard University's Executive Leadership Program for Educators.

Last week, university representatives visited the district to talk with administrators. They also toured McKinley Elementary School and Westview High School.

The district is on a short list of several finalists vying for an opportunity to form a relationship with the Ivy League school, the oldest institution of higher learning in the United States.

Officials say if the district is selected, it will join in a partnership that would include sending Beaverton School District staff to the Cambridge, Mass., university each year for specific programs.

In turn, some programs might be offered in Beaverton.

If chosen, the district would have relationships with the Kennedy School of Government, the Harvard School of Education and the Harvard School of Business.

'We will know if we're successful with Harvard in probably three weeks,' Superintendent Jerry Colonna told school board members last week. 'We think our chances are very strong.'

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