Members of the public had the opportunity to meet Seaside School District assistant superintendent candidate Susan Penrod Monday at a meet-and-greet at the high school.

Penrod, K–12 curriculum administrator at the Eugene School District, toured school facilities, met community leaders and visited with the public in a day of introductions.

Superintendent Sheila Roley, who said she plans to step down in winter 2020-21 school year, said Penrod could fulfil the superintendent’s role after her retirement.

“Roles will transition over time,” Roley said.

Penrod is one of 23 candidates and five assistant superintendent finalists, Roley said.

“We see in a Susan a lot of things we’re looking for in a superintendent.”

A Willamette University graduate, Penrod’s experience include pre-k work, career and technical education experience, and educational jobs throughout the state.

Married and the parent of two, Penrod said the North Coast was a big draw.

“We’ve been coming here many years and enjoy and all that you have to offer here,” she said. “So when I saw this position open, I thought what a great opportunity to combine where I like to vacation with where I would like to work.”

She said she hopes to join the district’s efforts to raise student achievement, help students grow socially and emotionally, and become part of the community. “That’s who I am and that’s a district I want to be a part of.”

The selection committee, consisting of three members of the board, will provide a recommendation to the board for the March 19 board meeting.

“We’ll do a review of all the information,” Roley said. “We’ve already visited schools, we’ve already checked references. This will be one more piece or several more pieces of information to see what the district and staff have to share.”

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