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District Superintendent Trip Goodall announces departure at end of contract in June

PMG FILE PHOTO - GoodallCanby School District Superintendent Trip Goodall is resigning at the end of the school year.

He announced in a letter to families Wednesday, March 3 that he will leave his position when his contract expires at the end of June.

District spokesperson Autumn Foster clarified that Goodall was not terminated nor did the district decide to not renew his contract. The decision was all his.

"Superintendent Goodall has served the district for seven years," Foster said. "His contract is up on June 30, and his personal decision was to pursue other opportunities at this time."

Goodall gave no initial indication as to why.

But this year has obviously been unprecedented and trying for district staff, students and families. Many Canby parents have been vocal in criticizing the district amid the pandemic.

Goodall currently has two pending formal complaints against him — one coming from a community member and another from school board member Stefani Carlson. Both indicated that Goodall's media response to Carlson's questionable social media activity was uncalled for. No decision has been made regarding the complaints. It is unknown whether the complaints factored into Goodall's decision to resign.

In his announcement, he simply offered thanks and spoke highly of Canby.

"I have enjoyed being your superintendent in ways you probably do not know," Goodall said. "Working in Canby has been a highlight of my career. I am very proud of what we have accomplished together. I have met extraordinary people, both in and outside of our schools."

Goodall said he will remain grateful for and proud of the time he spent in Canby and promised to remain focused on the work ahead for the remainder of the school year.

The district board of directors released a statement the day after Goodall's announcement, thanking him for his service to the community.

"Superintendent Goodall's leadership has been instrumental during the past seven years," the statement said. "Most notably, he has worked to expand our school supports, including adding full-time counselors in our elementary schools, adding calendar days to the school year, putting equity at the heart of every decision, and building a strong team across the district.

"Our community has navigated several crises over the past year, from the COVID-19 pandemic and wildfires to the historic ice storm just last month," the statement continued. "Superintendent Goodall and his team have worked to ensure continuity of education during these difficult times for students in our district. We especially appreciate the work of the entire district to give students and families choices, including the opportunity to begin in-person learning this week."

The board noted it will work with Goodall and the community to determine the next steps in choosing a new leader for the district. As soon as they have information about the process, they will share it with the community and engage stakeholders in the decision-making.

In his final year, Goodall is earning $166,260 per year, according to his contract, last updated in May 2018. He also receives $200 per month for travel expenses and $100 per month for cell phone use. The district provideds life insurance in the amount of $100,000 and pays a 6% contribution to the Public Employees Retirement System.

Goodall receives 25 days of paid vacation, 12 days paid holidays, 12 sick days, 5 days paid personal/family illness leave and up to 5 days paid bereavement.

This story has been updated with clarification from the district, contract information and a statement from the school board.


Kristen Wohlers
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