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School board selects superintendent

Harney County School District No. 3 board of directors held a special meeting on Thursday, April 21, to discuss personnel and contracts.

The board voted to accept the resignation of Hector Martinez as electives teacher at Hines Middle School (HMS) and then later in the meeting, voted to offer him a contract as vice principal at Burns High School (BHS).

The board approved hiring Joshua Paul as a teacher at Monroe School, Connie Stinson as special education teacher at BHS, and Stephanie DeVault and Anthony Smallen as teachers at Slater Elementary.

The board voted to offer a three-year contract to Steve Quick for the position of superintendent at $115,000 a year. They also voted to offer a contract to Rod McNeil of Cordova, Alaska, for the BHS principal position at $90,000 a year, and a contract to David Robinson of the Bend area for the HMS principal position at $85,000 a year.

The board discussed the contract for Chandra Ferguson as principal at Monroe School, but tabled the decision to offer the contract because they wanted more clarification in the contract language regarding the salary amount.

The board also approved the hiring of Sandra Cargill as language arts/reading specialist, Steve Koenig as special education specialist, Rebecca Shull as special education caseworker, and Gordon Black for career and technical education mechanics at Monroe School.

HMS Principal Jerry Mayes told the board that OMSI had contacted him regarding a field trip to the Hatfield Marine Science Center near Yaquina Bay next October.

Mayes said OMSI offered to waive the fee for students to attend the two-day event, an average cost of $7,500. He added that there is money in the budget to pay for transportation costs, and asked for permission to allow the eighth-graders to go on the field trip.

The board approved the request.

Randy Parks

Randy was born in Iowa, and spent most of his life growing up in the Hawkeye State. After a few years in college, he settled in Idaho for a decade, skiing, golfing, and working at Sun Valley Resort. He married in 1985, completed broadcast school, and moved to Harney County in 1989 to work for KZZR. After 16 years of on-air work, he left the radio station and went to work for the Burns Times-Herald.

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