The Silver Falls School Board is pleased to announce that incoming assistant superintendent Dan Busch will become the acting superintendent while the board conducts a search for an interim superintendent for the 2019-20 school year. On July 1, 2019, the school board hired the Oregon School Boards Association (OSBA) to conduct a national search for an interim superintendent. The board and consultant, Steve Kelley, developed an ambitious search calendar that should conclude with the hiring of the interim superintendent on August 5, 2019.

The interim search is a much different procedure than the more comprehensive permanent search process, Steve Kelley explained on Monday night. “The timeline is much quicker with fewer phases so the search can be completed in 4-6 weeks rather than 4-6 months,” Kelley said.  “Therefore, there are typically fewer opportunities for community/staff involvement throughout the process.”

However, the board has prioritized the inclusion of a screening committee to assist the board in reviewing applications and conducting interviews. According to board chair, Tom Buchholz, “The board values the input from its staff and community. It was important to involve them in the interim process, even if the opportunities are limited in such a tight timeline. It is also important to the board to have the interim superintendent named and on the job prior to the start of school.  While the timeline is fast, finding the right person to lead the district in this transition period is the top priority for the school board.”

A copy of the adopted interim search calendar can be found on the district’s website (SFSD Approved Interim Superintendent Search Calendar). For more information, contact board chair Tom Buchholz at