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Board picks temporary super to lead district

Tenneal Wetherell

The Brookings-Harbor School board on Monday appointed Tenneal Wetherell as superintendent-of-record until the district can find an interim leader for the school district.

The superintendent position became available when Brian Hodge resigned last week.

“The new administrative staff is fabulous and committed to working together and moving forward,” Wetherell told the board. “I will do everything I can to support them.” 

Wetherell, the superintendent for the South Coast Education Service District (SCESD) in North Bend, will work with Baron Guido, director of special education for the Brookings-Harbor School District. 

 Guido will handle the day-to-day superintendent duties at the school district office. Guido will receive a $2,500 monthly stipend, in addition to his regular salary, until an interim superintendent is hired. 

Wetherell will work from her North Bend office, visiting Brookings when necessary. She said the SCESD board of directors fully supports her helping the school district on a temporary basis. The district will pay the SCESD a monthly stipend $5,055 (pro-rated for partial months) for Wetherell’s services. 

Wetherell has been a school administrator for 11 years, the last three years as SCESD superintendent. Before that she was a teacher in the Beaverton School District, where she worked specifically in special education.

Guido has 12 years experience in public education and has been a teacher in different grades in schools throughout Oregon. He became the special education director for the Brookings-Harbor School District in 2012.

The board said it would like to have an interim school leader in place by the end of September. Part of that process will be getting public input on what qualities and qualifications the ideal candidate should possess.

The school board has invited the community to attend a meeting from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Aug. 11.

“The most important part of this is public input and to work together as a team — the school board, teachers, the parents, the admin staff,” said school board member Bruce Raleigh. “We want their input so we can make the best choice in moving forward.”

Board member Katherine Johnson agreed.

“There is a wealth of expertise out there; I expect a great turnout because we have a community that is committed to education,” she said.

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