Sheridan names Steve Sugg superintendent
SHERIDAN — The Sheridan School Board named Steve Sugg of the Sherwood School District as superintendent Tuesday.
He will succeed A.J. Grauer who is retiring at the end of the school year. Sugg will officially go to work July 1.
He and Cory Bradshaw of the Dallas School District were the two finalists for the position. They interviewed with the board, met with district administrators, staff and students and participated in community forums.
The board met in executive session for about a half hour Tuesday to discuss contract details. When they convened in open session, members voted, 5-0, to hire Sugg. Board Chair Judy Breeden, Larry Deibel, Harvey Hall and Robin Rawlings voted in person. Jason Alexander participated via skype from his workplace.
“I'm very excited,” said Sugg, who was present for the board's vote. “It's going to be a challenge and a great experience.”
Sugg taught math at Jordan Valley High School in Eastern Oregon, then at Dayton High, before being named assistant principal at Philomath High in Benton County.
He went on to Sherwood, where he has served in several administrtive positions, the most recent being assessment and accountability coordinator.
"We enjoyed a lot of growth and it's been a great experience," Sugg said of the 10 years he has spent in Sherwood.
Sugg still has a school year to complete in Sherwood. However, he said he will do what he can to gain a good understanding of what is happening in the Sheridan district, particularly during the upcoming budgeting process, before he officially starts work in July.
"I'll be communicating (with Grauer) to see what I can do," Sugg said. "I want to get to know Sheridan."
He received his bachelor's degree in advanced math from Oregon State University in 1987, his master's in advanced math from Western Oregon University in Monmouth in 1994 and his doctorate in educational methodology/policy and learning from the University of Oregon in in 2012.
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