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The Oregon school board chose two finalists from a list of three candidates for the superintendent’s position. The school board will choose one of them as the new superintendent at a school board meeting on Thursday, June 27.

The board originally received nine resumes for the post and selected three candidates for interviews before narrowing the list to just two – Dr. Lonny J. Rivera, of Oregon, and Dr. Deborah A. Piotrowski, of Xenia, Ohio.

Ziviski said the candidates “met most of the criteria as identified from our community forum.”

“All three candidates brought a lot to the table and interviewed exceptionally well, but two really stuck out and also had ties to the local area,” he said.

Piotrowski, he said, “has a proven record as a change agent helping districts get their finances under control. Rivera brought a passion for education and has tons of experience from various administrative positions with local surrounding districts.”

“In the end, one of these two individuals will be our next superintendent and I am excited to know that our district will have a leader that will be able to bring the district back to the level of greatness we have seen before and know we are capable of achieving. I have said many times in the past couple of months things are changing in Oregon city schools. They are changing for the better for our students and community,” he said.

The district’s current superintendent, Dr. Michael Zalar, recently announced that he is leaving to take the position of superintendent of the North Olmsted City Schools District in North Olmsted Ohio.

Zalar became superintendent of the Oregon City Schools District in 2008. He is expected to leave in August for his new job.

Rivera, of Brown Road, has a doctorate in education from the University of Toledo, where he previously received his Masters and Bachelors degrees in education.

Rivera has been the principal of Wayne Trail Intermediate (4-5) in the Maumee City Schools District since August 2011. Prior to that, he was principal of Wayne Trail Intermediate (K-5) in the district from August 2010 to June 2011. From August 2008 to July 2010, he was chief of staff for the Toledo Public Schools district.

He was principal of Coy Elementary School from August 2003 to July 2008, principal of Sherman Elementary in Toledo from June 2000 to June 2003, assistant principal at Sherman from June 1999 to June 2000, and dean of students at Woodward High School, Toledo, from August 1998 to August 1999.

As a lifelong resident of Oregon and Jerusalem Township, Rivera stated in his application, “I can think of no greater honor than to serve the students, parents, and dedicated staff of the Oregon City Schools District.”

Piotrowski is currently superintendent of the Xenia Community City Schools District, in which there are 4,700 students enrolled.

She has a doctorate in education from the University of Toledo, where she also received her masters and bachelors degrees.

“Based upon my commitment to excellence for all students, success in raising scores of diverse student populations, experience with challenging levies and experience in fiscal and business initiatives, I feel I have what is necessary for this leadership opportunity,” Piotrowski stated in her application.

The Oregon school board is holding a meeting on June 25 at 7 p.m. at the Clay Media Center for the community to meet the two candidates and ask them questions, said Ziviski.

“The board will look for feedback on each candidate before we make our final decision,” said Ziviski.

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