Salem-Keizer-SchoolsBy HERB SWETT

For the Keizertimes

The two finalists for superintendent of the Salem-Keizer School District met with members of the public two weeks ago at two middle schools.

The Salem-Keizer School Board decided, after interviewing the finalists for superintendent, to extend the search and interview more candidates.

“In the next few days,” chair Jim Green announced, “we will establish the timeline for the interview process with the goal of having our new superintendent in the district on July 1.”

However, the school board has indicated that it is not close to deciding on a hire. One finalist, Michael Sorum, answered questions at Claggett Creek Middle School on March 10. The other, Janet Schulze, spoke with an audience at Parrish Middle School on March 11.

Sorum, an Oregon native, is chief academic officer of the Fort Worth (Texas) Independent School District. Schulze is assistant superintendent for high schools in the San Francisco Unified School District.

An executive session of the school board followed Schulze’s presentation. Board Chair Jim Green said no decision on the candidates was likely to come very soon.

The board also held a special meeting on personnel actions because it is the time of the year for renewing contracts.