YOUR GOVERNMENT: Salem-Keizer School Board to vote on superintendent profile

The Salem-Keizer School Board will meet Wednesday to vote the description that will be used to hire the district’s next superintendent.


Board members will take public comment for 30 minutes and then vote on the superintendent candidate profile, a one-page description of what they’re seeking in the district’s next leader. The document is linked in the agenda packet.

Superintendent Christy Perry is retiring at the end of the year, and the board plans to hire a replacement superintendent by February.

The profile was developed through focus groups and a survey conducted by the district’s search firm, Human Capital Enterprises.

Among other attributes, the profile says the board is seeking an “experienced and accomplished educator with a proven track record for leading a district toward greater academic achievement” who is a “steadfast guardian of safe, welcoming, and inclusive learning environments.”

The profile also calls for a superintendent who “places top priority on student well-being, with the student at the center of decision-making, and recognizes that youth are capable of playing a vital role in decisions that affect them – and that they must be afforded that voice.”

It calls for a superintendent with both financial and political acumen, and someone who is committed to the community through “visibly participating in service organizations and community and school events.”

Once approved by the board, the profile will be used to recruit and evaluate candidates. The board will also discuss compensation for the superintendent at the Wednesday meeting.

To participate: The meeting starts at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 30. The meeting will be held online.

Members of the public can sign up for written or live public comment before the meeting starts until 9 a.m. Wednesday using the link here.

The meeting will be streamed on CC:Media, channel 21, and on YouTube at the links below.


Contact reporter Rachel Alexander: [email protected] or 503-575-1241.

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Rachel Alexander is Salem Reporter’s managing editor. She joined Salem Reporter when it was founded in 2018 and covers city news, education, nonprofits and a little bit of everything else. She’s been a journalist in Oregon and Washington for a decade. Outside of work, she’s a skater and board member with Salem’s Cherry City Roller Derby and can often be found with her nose buried in a book.