By News-Register staff • 

Roseburg district turns to New Mexico educator; Y-C's Cline was a finalist

Charan Cline
Charan Cline

UPDATE / Friday, 7:45 p.m.:

ROSEBURG - The Roseburg School Board on Friday selected Gerry Washburn, superintendent of the Los Aalmos Public Schools in Los Almos, New Mexico, as its next superintendent, the Roseburg News-Review reported.

Yamhill-Carlton Superintendent Charan Cline was one of three finalists.


ROSEBURG - Yamhill-Carlton School District Superintendent Charan Cline is one of three finalists for the same position with the Roseburg School District in Southern Oregon.

Randall Refsland, superintendent of the Clinton Community School District in Clinton, Wisconsin, and Gerry Washburn, superintendent of the Los Alamos Public Schools in Los Alamos, New Mexico, are the other finalists.

The trio were in Roseburg Thursday to be interviewed by the school board and to meet with district staff and community members at the high school.

"The board will then deliberate on their final selection," said Executive Assistant Janet Kischel. "I don’t know how quickly that will happen.  They may take the weekend to consider."

Larry Parsons told the Roseburg board last September that he planned to resign at the end of this school year.

The Roseburg job will pay between $135,000 and $145,000 a year, the Roseburg News-Review reported.

In his meeting with district staff and community members, Cline listed three reasons for applying for the Roseburg job - being closer to family, Roseburg's geographic independence and his commitment to the Roseburg community, according to the paper. He said he is not applying for any other positions.

Cline said he would make it a priority to be visible in the schools one or two days a week. He said the No. 1 job of a superintendent is to develop a vision for the district.

The Roseburg district is comprised of eight K-5 elementary schools, two 6-8 middle schools, a high school, alternative school and charter school. There are about 6,000 students in the district, which is close to the size of the McMinnville district. The staff numbers about 650.

Cline is finishing his third year in the Y-C district. He replaced Steve Chiovaro, who retired after leading the district for eight years.

Prior to coming to Y-C, Cline was superintendent of the North Douglas School District in Drain and head of the Douglas Education Service District in Roseburg.

Before moving to North Douglas, Cline served as director of student achievement at the Douglas ESD and principal at Winston Middle School in Winston, a smaller community near Roseburg. Earlier in his career, he taught social studies at Philomath High School in Benton County.

There were three finalists for the Y-C job, including former Yamhill-Carlton High School Principal Jim Orth, who left the district after last year to go to work in the Salem-Keizer School District, where he is the Career and Technical Education Director.


Web Design & Web Development by LVSYS