Three apply for superintendent’s seat in Adrian

The Adrian School District sign. (The Enterprise/Rachel Parsons)

ADRIAN – The application window for a new superintendent in Adrian has closed, with three people applying. 

The post of superintendent opened up in late August when the Adrian School Board fired Superintendent Kevin Purnell because he wouldn’t flout the governor’s mask mandate. Since then, three complaints about masking triggered an investigation of the district by the Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Administration, which is ongoing.

Mark Redmond, superintendent of the Malheur Education Service District and interim superintendent at Adrian, said the three candidates were local to Malheur County. 

“Considering the time of year, and most potential candidates being currently employed and tied to a 60-day opt-out clause, I believe to have three applicants that can step in immediately is actually . . .