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Community invited to give input on superintendent search

The Dallas School Board wants to know what you think are important qualities for a school superintendent.

DALLAS -- The Dallas School Board wants to know what you think are important qualities for a school superintendent.

The board has begun the process of finding a new school boss to replace Dave Voves who is retiring in June.

Meetings are scheduled for Feb. 15 in the Dallas High School library. Oregon School Boards consultant Diane Harr will meet with members of the community, classified, certified and administrative employees of the District.

The meetings are timed for the convenience of school employees and the public but people may attend any of the meetings regardless of their interests.

Certified employees are invited to meet from 3:45 to 4:45 p.m., classified employees from 5 to 6 p.m., administrative employees from 6:15 to 7:15 p.m. and community members from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Harr said it is better for people to come to the meeting but if they are unable to attend she would like people to think of the following questions when submitting comments:

♦ What is your district known for? What do the schools do especially well that you want to see continued?

♦ What are the most serious challenges your district faces in the next five years?

♦ What personal qualities and professional qualifications does your new chief executive office have to have to build on your strengths and meet the challenges?

All responses must be received by Feb. 15.

Comments may be submitted by mail to the Dallas School District, Attention Melody Hillebrand, 111 SW Ash, or by email to Comments can also be sent by fax to 503-623-5597.

After the board approves the list of candidate qualifications, OSBA will design a brochure and advertise the position nationwide.

The school board will be part of a larger screening committee which will look at all the applications and decide which candidates to interview.

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