Public will weigh in on search

Details on the Lake Oswego School District superintendent search are gradually unfurling.

The school district board reviewed a consultant’s suggested timeline — and discussed opportunities for public input — during a Monday morning meeting. Superintendent Bill Korach, who retired in 2011 but continued the job on a post-retirement contract, will leave next year.

The public will help create a profile for what it would like in a superintendent, and a consultant will isolate top candidates based on the profile and other professional requirements. The board will have the final say on the new school district leader.

“The biggest thing the board does is hire the superintendent,” said board member Linda Brown.

Search consultant Ray and Associates Inc., an Iowa-based firm, began recruiting for the position during the American Association of School Administrators Conference in Los Angeles last month.

“Our job is to get the best and brightest here,” said Gary Ray, president of Ray and Associates.

The firm has begun prepping an informational flier and the online application form. Public forums will be held in April, but dates are not yet set. A survey will be posted online from March 15 to April 19 and will be available through a link on the school district’s website.

The public and the school board will be asked what kinds of qualities, such as listening, communication and decision-making skills, they wish to see in a superintendent.

The consultant’s timeline proposes the application deadline for superintendent candidates be in January 2014. The district is expected to offer the contract in April 2014, and the new head of the school district likely will be announced in May 2014.

The salary and benefits for the incoming superintendent have not been set. Korach makes $131,665, taking into account four furlough days. For the past two years, the 67-year-old has returned $40,000 of his income to the Lake Oswego Schools Foundation. His retirement pay is through Oregon’s Public Employees Retirement System.

“He’s retired, so he gets his PERS payments, so that’s how he’s able to” give so much, said Nancy Duin, the school district’s director of communications.

Korach said it’s going to be hard to let go of the position he’s held for 26 years.

“It’s part of my world that I care deeply about,” he said.

Korach said he wants to keep working, though in a less demanding job. He plans to teach at Portland State University, University of Portland or Lewis & Clark College.

He said his family just bought a beach house in Lincoln City, but he’s not planning on taking it easy.

“You can’t go from 24/7 to nothing,” he said. “It’s in your blood.”

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