By Paul Daquilante • Staff Writer • 

Sheridan zeroing in on new school superintendent

However, it held off returning to open session to ratify its decision pending completion of negotiation on pay, benefits and terms of employment. And it opted against making its choice public in the interim.

The board’s next regular meeting is set for 6 p.m. Wednesday at the district office. The board is expected to discuss the superintendent choice in executive session again, then emerge to publicly ratify its choice.

The two finalists are Cory Bradshaw of the Dallas School District and Steve Sugg of the Sherwood School District.

The two visited Sheridan on Wednesday to tour the district, meet with members of the Sheridan staff and participate in a set of community meet-and-greet sessions, held in the high school cafeteria. Though the evening sessions were open to everyone, members of the district staff accounted for much of the attendance.

In addition, board members Judy Breeden and Larry Deibel visited the finalists’ current school districts Thursday to view them in action and confer with their colleagues. They shared their thoughts and impressions with fellow board members Jason Alexander, Harvey Hall and Robin Rawlings during the executive session.

In Dallas, Bradshaw, a finalist for Amity superintendent last year, serves as director of instructional services and principal of the Morrison Campus Alternative Program. She has been with the district since 2003.

In Sherwood, Sugg serves as assessment and accountability coordinator since 2010. He has roots in Dayton, where he taught math earlier in his career.

“This is the most important decision a school board can make,” said Joe Wehrli, director of board development for the Oregon School Boards Association, which has been facilitating the search effort.

The new hire will start July 1. He or she will replace former Sheridan teacher and principal A.J. Grauer, who is planning to retire at the end of the school year.

The job drew 15 applicants, all from outside the district.

In other business Wednesday, the board plans to get a safety and security update, reflecting changes made in the wake of the tragic school shooting in Connecticut. For information, call the district office at 503-843-2433.


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