The Brookings-Harbor School Board voted Tuesday evening to enlist the help of the Oregon School Board Association (OSBA) in the district’s search for an interim superintendent.

The search was launched this week following the resignation of Sean Gallagher, who had been the Brookings-Harbor superintendent since July 2015.

Gallagher and the school board have yet to release specific details of what prompted his resignation.

Gallagher has been unavailable for comment.

The school board said OSBA’s costs will not exceed $2,000 without the board’s prior approval.

OSBA currently is conducting three other interim superintendent searches: for the Woodburn, Silverton and Dayton school districts.

The board also voted to enter into negotiations with South Coast Education Service District to find an acting superintendent until an interim can be found.

OSBA’s director of board development, Steve Kelley, said the difference between an interim-superintendent search and a “comprehensive” search, or search for a permanent superintendent, is threefold: an abbreviated timeframe, a smaller screening committee and less time for community input.

Kelley proposed a 12-day period, ending on July 22, for applications to be submitted. After which, Kelley said, he would return before the board and a screening committee to conduct “applicant screening training.”

The screening committee will consist of all three Brookings Harbor School District principals, two licensed staff members, two employees of the district office, and two parents with children attending district schools.

Kelley will return Aug. 2 to train the board on interview and reference-check processes.

After the school board selects its finalists, Kelley will be present for interviews, which will be held Aug. 13 and/or Aug. 15, depending on the number of finalist candidates.

The board voted to accept this proposed schedule.

Board members then instructed Kelley to advertise an interim-superintendent salary range of $120,000 to $140,000.

Gallagher had been paid about $128,000 at the time of his resignation.

Woodburn’s advertised interim salary range is $155,000-$165,000, Silverton’s is $135,000-$145,000, and Dayton’s is $115,000-$130,000.

Staff and community members have yet to be named to the committee.


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