Superintendent finalists field questions from public

By HERB SWETT For the Keizertimes The two finalists for superintendent of the Salem-Keizer School District met with the public and then with the School Board in executive session April 28 and 29. Christy Perry, superintendent of the Dallas School District, had her sessions Monday. Erin Prince, superintendent of the Corvallis School District, answered questions from the public and the board Tuesday. All sessions were at Claggett Creek Middle School in Keizer. Each candidate met with staffers around the district before meeting the public. Perry said in opening remarks that her vision was for each student in the district to have an effective teacher. “High standards are essential,” she said, She noted that kindergartners in her district had become “phenomenal readers and writers.” She added that the schools needed to keep programs that are outside academics. Noting that she had been asked all week why she thought she could be effective if she moved from the Dallas district to one several times as large, she said: “I’ve worked with the community in many ways. I know every aspect.” Several questions from the audience concerned the fact that Salem-Keizer students have much more diverse backgrounds than Dallas students. Perry said she could not come into the district with all the answers to diversity-related issues but would work hard to find them. She added that she has worked well with community...

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