One of Washington County's most important educational agencies will have a new director this summer, providing everything from special education teachers to technology to schools across Northwest Oregon.
The Hillsboro-based Northwest Regional Education Service District announced on Tuesday that it had hired a new superintendent, Hood River County School District superintendent Dan Goldman.
NWRESD is seldom talked about outside of education circles, but the district works with school districts across Washington County and Northwest Oregon. The agency works with underprivileged students, offering ansmorgasbord of services most school district's wouldn't be able to afford on their own, such as staff to work with students with medical and social needs, purchasing technology or managing outdoor school programs.
NWRESD is the largest education service district in the state, working with nearly two dozen school districts across Washington, Tillamook, Columbia and Clatsop counties.
Goldman was hired Tuesday, Feb. 5, during a special session of the ESD's board of directors. Goldman will join the ESD under a three-year contract starting July 1.
Since 2015, NWRESD has been run by Rob Saxton, the former head of K-12 education in Oregon. Saxton — who has also served as superintendent in Sherwood and Tigard-Tualatin school districts — stepped down as deputy superintendent of public instruction to lead the ESD following the resignation of John Kitzhaber.
"(Goldman) checks every box," Saxton said. "His training and experience as a school psychologist and special educator make him especially well-positioned for success. He has experience in small, medium and large school districts, which will serve our region well. He has delivered impressive outcomes in Hood River County, and I know he will do the same for Northwest Regional Education Service District."
Goldman is familiar with Washington County schools. He served as the director of curriculum for the Tigard-Tualatin School District for seven years, under Saxton. Goldman left the district in 2013 to become superintendent in Hood River.
Under Goldman, Hood River County School District has flourished, said ESD spokeswoman Tracey Goldner. The school district has seen improved graduation rates, better math and literacy scores and more students are attending college from the district than before, she said. The district was able to lower class size and hire additional teachers and counselors, brought in more diverse teachers and expanded its preschools and Spanish immersion programs.
NWRESD board member Marilyn McGlasson said Goldman will bring great things to the service district.
"We set the bar high in our search," McGlasson said. "I believe in Dan we have found the visionary leader we were searching for."
Goldman has worked in education for more than two decades. He worked as a middle school teacher in Olympia, Wash., and as a school psychologist and teacher for Portland Public Schools.
"I fully understand the incredible breadth of responsibilities and the requisite energy and dedication the superintendency necessitates — I live it every day, without regret, and with great optimism." Goldman wrote in his application.
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