After 10 years of leading Bethel School District, superintendent Colt Gill has accepted a state education leadership position.
Following an executive session, the School Board voted to seek an agreement with Deputy Superintendent Chris Parra to serve as the interim leader of the district for the 2016-17 school year.
The decision was praised by Colt who noted that Parra has been serving as his close advisor since joining Bethel in 2010. She would become the 7th superintendent in Bethel history, and its first woman superintendent.
The Governor recruited Colt to become the state’s Education Innovation Officer, a newly-created role designed to identify effective education practices, set policy, and determine funding priorities that will improve the graduation rate and student readiness for college or a career.
Colt is a widely respected and innovative leader in Bethel and statewide, and turned down numerous overtures from school districts and education organizations in recent years.
Under his guidance, Bethel’s outcomes and reputation have grown. Bethel has the highest graduation rate in the Eugene-Springfield area, is a recognized leader in equity and inclusion efforts, school safety measures, college and career program offerings, teaching with proficiency, early reading instruction, behavior support, and keeping kids on track to graduate from kindergarten on-up; and Bethel has earned tremendous community support as evidenced by the 73% Yes vote for the 2012 bond measure.
Colt starts with the state on June 1st but will be able to also continue working with Bethel through most of June.
Have dreams of what our schools could – and should – be? It’s time to speak up.
Spend 45 minutes with Bethel superintendent Colt Gill in an Oregon Rising meeting. Oregon Rising is a public outreach effort to gather information about what you want schools to be.
The goal is to hear from 10,000 Oregonians, and all the information will be shared with state legislators.
- Wednesday, April 27, 7:00 p.m., Sheldon High School (hosted jointly with Eugene 4J and Springfield Schools)
- Tuesday, May 3, 7:00 p.m., Willamette High School
- Wednesday, May 4, 5:30 p.m., Willamette High School
The Bethel community meetings will be in Willamette High School’s lecture hall in the new front office building.
If you can’t attend, let your voice be heard by taking the Oregon Rising survey online.
Four of Bethel’s best have been honored with ACE Awards as Champions in Education.
Debi Bostwick (Teacher), Jenny Sink (Administrator), Royal Yoakum (Classified staff) and Phil Drake (Volunteer) each win $1,000 for the school program of their choice.
They were among 38 Bethel staff and volunteers nominated for ACE Awards, which are sponsored by Oregon Community Credit Union, numerous business partners, and the Eugene and Springfield Chambers of Commerce.
Particularly notable among this year’s winners is Sink, who is the first in the 11 year history of the awards to have been honored first as a teacher (in 2006) and again as an administrator.
A public meeting of the Bethel School District Budget Committee will take place Monday, May 9th at 7:00 p.m., at the Bethel Administration Building.
The purpose of the meeting is to receive the budget message and to take comment from the public on the budget for the 2016-17 school year. This is a public meeting where deliberation of the Budget Committee will take place, and any person may appear at the meeting and discuss proposed programs with the Committee.
A copy of the budget document may be inspected or obtained on or after May 9th at the Bethel School District Administration Office.