PENINSULA — The Ocean Beach School District is one step closer to knowing who its superintendent will be for the 2019-2020 school year.

The search has officially started for the district’s next superintendent, the school district’s board of directors announced in a Nov. 26 press release.

Community forums will be held Dec. 3 and 4 at the district’s office, located at 500 Washington Avenue South. Meeting times hadn’t been decided by publication time. The forums will be open to the public.

“Community members and staff are encouraged to participate,” the press release states. “Their input is critical to the district hiring the best possible superintendent.”

Focus groups and an online survey will also be conducted. The different activities will help the district determine what characteristics are desired of the next superintendent.

Two former school superintendents will lead the search; Glenys Hill and Roger Rada. Hill last served as superintendent in Oregon City. Rada, a former superintendent in Kelso, is currently director of Washington State University’s superintendent certification program.

Both Hill and Rada are involved in the Northwest Leadership Associates, which assists school districts in selecting new superintendents.

Scott Fenter is overseeing the school district this school year as the school board searches for a permanent replacement. Fenter, a retired superintendent from Onalaska, replaced former superintendent Jenny Risner. Risner left the district this past summer for a position in Ames, Iowa.

OBSD will post updates about the superintendent search at its website, The Chinook Observer will also post updates as the search continues.

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