The Tigard-Tualatin School District announced today that Ernie Brown, former principal at Hazelbrook Middle School and current director of human resources and operations, will be named the next superintendent.

The decision comes after a nationwide search. Brown and three other finalists were interviewed in February, but only Brown moved on to a final interview with the school board and cabinet-level staff on March 4.

Brown, 48, has spent his entire career in Tigard-Tualatin, starting as a P.E. teacher in the 1980s before quickly rising through the ranks to become the district's second-in-command, often serving as acting-superintendent when former Superintendent Rob Saxton was unavailable.

Since 2007, Brown has been the district’s director of Human Resources and Operations, responsible for all employee hiring, contracts and staffing issues as well as running the day-to-day operations for all school facilities.

Saxton left the district last year to lead the state’s Department of Education, overseeing all Oregon public schools from pre-kindergarten through college.

Brown will have to keep the district moving forward, but with likely millions of dollars less in the budget.

Interim Superintendent Roger Rada has said he will likely have to cut millions from the district’s 2013-15 biennial budget, after the Legislature finalizes its plans for K-12 educational funding later this year and the district’s reserve --- the district’s lifeboat for the past several years --- run out in June.

Anywhere from $4 million to $9 million worth of cuts and layoffs are expected.

This story will be updated with more information shortly, and an extended story will appear in The Times' March 7 issue.

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