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May 5, 2013
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Roseburg School District Superintendent Larry Parsons to interview for job in Washington

Roseburg School District Superintendent Larry Parsons is one of three finalists to become interim superintendent for the Central Kitsap School District in Washington.

Parsons, who has been superintendent of Roseburg schools since 2008, will be interviewed Tuesday by the Central Kitsap School Board in Silverdale, Wash.

Parsons, who has spent much of his career in Washington, declined to comment Friday.

School Board Chairman Steve Patterson said in a written statement that board members understand Parsons’ desire to return to Washington.

“We support Larry in his endeavors and appreciate all of the hard work he has done for the kids of this district,” Patterson said. “The board will support Dr. Parsons if his decision is to move on, but, of course, would like to see him stay.”

Central Kitsap began looking for someone to fill the job until at least June 2014 after its current superintendent, Greg Lynch, asked to be released from his contract to become superintendent of the Olympic Educational Service District in Bremerton, Wash., the Kitsap Sun newspaper reported. The school board plans to conduct a more extensive search once it has an interim superintendent in place.

The other two finalists are Hazel Bauman, superintendent of the Coer d’Alene School District in Idaho, and Stephen Rowley, chief academic officer for the Tukwila, Wash., School District.

Parsons came to the Roseburg School District from the Selah School District in Selah, Wash., where he served as superintendent for seven years. He also was executive director of the Spokane School District. He was a high school principal for 16 years and a language arts teacher before that.

Since becoming superintendent of Roseburg schools, Parsons has been part of an ongoing debate on whether the district, which has seen its enrollment decline, should close one of its nine elementary schools. The district has also long considered running a tax levy.

The school board decided last month to close Rose Elementary School this fall if a $6 million bond levy fails in the May 21 election.

• You can reach reporter Inka Bajandas at 541-957-4202 or email at ibajandas@nrtoday.com.

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The News-Review Updated May 5, 2013 12:47AM Published May 6, 2013 11:34AM Copyright 2013 The News-Review. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.