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Selah Superintendent Search Narrowed Down to Two Candidates

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YAKIMA, Wash.- Selah's Superintendent resigned last month and now board members are trying to find a replacement fast. They've narrowed their search down to two candidates.

Board members started interviewing candidates Monday afternoon. The district also held a public forum with questions and a public forum to get the community's response, something important to the Selah community.

Former Superintendent Dr. Debra Howard resigned last month after controversy over high school principal Joe Jones and tension between her and the Selah community. Monday night board members interviewed candidates Dr. Rick Pass and Dr. Steve Chestnut for the interim position. Selah families say former superintendent Dr. Howard did not communicate enough. Because of this, board members say they've narrowed the search to two candidates who are experienced and approachable.    

"They have been tried in the superintendent who will take us on with a move forward approach until we find a permanent superintendent this winter," said School Board President Todd Trepanier.

Board members say they will take public commentary into consideration. The board president says they are hoping to make a decision by the next board meeting on Thursday. The candidate that is selected will begin their one-year term immediately.