Candidates for new superintendent of Central School District narrowed to three

Central School Superintendent

MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE -- The field of candidates for new superintendent of Central School District has been narrowed to three.

Those applicants -- one of whom will replace Forrest Bell when he retires this summer after six years as district superintendent -- are Karen Ernest of Meridian, Id., Joseph Hunter of Aloha, Ore. and Jose Boza of Athens, Ga.

Residents of Monmouth and Independence will have an opportunity to meet the candidates at an open forum at 6:30 p.m. Monday, March 21 at the Ash Creek Intermediate School library.

A screening committee of school district represenatives and community members selected six out of an original 26 applicants for interviews with the school board of directors, which since has settled on the aforementioned three.

The board will conduct final interviews on March 22, in hopes of having the position filled at the end of the month or early April, said Dan Cannon, school board chair.

"We had a lot of good people from all over the country," Cannon said. "I think the district is a very desirable place to a lot of people, thanks to the work of Forrest Bell."

The new superintendent begins his or her duties on July 1. The following candidates are:


Karen Ernest, superintendent for the Glenns Ferry Joint School District in Glenns Ferry, Idaho.

Ernest has headed the 610-student district for the last six years. She has also taught in Boise and was a high school principal in Marsing, Idaho.

She received a bachelor's degree in mathematics and a master's in curriculum and instruction from Boise State University. She has a doctorate in educational administration from the University of Idaho.


Jose Boza, executive director for the Clarke County School District in Athens, Georgia.

Boza has been a teacher in Orlando, Florida and principal in Goshen, Ind. He earned a bachelor's degree in biology, a master's degree in administration and supervision, and a doctorate in educational leadership from the University of Central Florida.


Joseph Hunter, principal of Sexton Mountain Elementary School in Beaverton.

Hunter has administrative experience in school districts in Bremerton, Wash. and The Dalles. He earned undergraduate and graduate degrees from Southern Oregon University and has a doctorate in educational leadership from Portland State University.


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