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The Central Curry School District is one step closer to getting a new superintendent, and community members have a chance to meet the candidates.

On Tuesday, the district’s board of directors announced it had narrowed down the multi-state superintendent search to two finalists: Allen Barber and Eric Milburn. Both come from administration roles in rural Oregon school districts.

Barber has worked in the Eagle Point School District, outside of Medford, since 2007, according to the CCSD announcement. He’s been a middle and high school principal, as well as the district’s human resources director, a title he’s held for eight years.

In 2006, Barber was named the Oregon Symphony Music Educator of the Year, according to the district. He holds a master’s degree in music from Western Kentucky University, as well as administrative credentials from Southern Oregon University.

Eric Milburn has been the superintendent of the Perrydale School District, northwest of Salem, since 2014, according to the CCSD announcement. Before that, he was the superintendent and principal in Huntington, Oregon, and the chief academic and administrative leader for the Annex School District near Ontario.

Milburn expects to finish his doctoral program from Concordia University-Chicago in the spring, and has received his master’s degree in administration and supervision from the University of Phoenix, according to CCSD.

Both finalists will have a day in the district March 8, followed by a “Meet and Greet” event from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the high school. At that time, community members will get to meet the candidates, and return comment cards for school board consideration — with COVID-19 protocols in place, according to the district.

The search for a new top administrator comes after Superintendent Tim Wilson announced in November his plans to retire at the end of the school year. With the announcement, the school board launched a search with the assistance of the Oregon School Boards Association and a screening committee.

The board has set a goal of selecting the new superintendent before spring break in March.        

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