Oregon schools narrows superintendent search

Oregon City Schools is down to two final candidates in the districtâ??s search for its new superintendent.

Candidates Dr. Deborah Piotrowski and Dr. Lonny Rivera introduced themselves to the public on Monday at Clay High School. Each was given a half-hour to explain their qualifications, plans for the district, and to field questions.

Piotrowski has eight years of experience as superintendent of Millcreek West Unity School District and Xenia Community City Schools. She also served as principal of Wernert Elementary in Washington Local Schools from 2001-2005. Previously, she worked as a teacher in Toledo Public Schools and Washington Local Schools.

Rivera grew up in Jerusalem Township and graduated through Oregon City Schools. He has 17 years of experience in education, working in Toledo, Oregon, and currently in Maumee. Rivera also served as Chief of Staff for Toledo Public Schools for two years.

Oregon Board of Education President P.J. Kapfhammer said the board narrowed the final two candidates from a field of nine applicants. He expects the board to choose the districtâ??s new superintendent on Thursday.