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On Wednesday, the Sherwood school board approved hiring Jeremy Lyon as interim superintendent for 2022-23.

SCREEN GRAB PHOTO - LYONThe Sherwood School District's board of directors unanimously approved the hiring of Jeremy Lyon to become the school district's interim superintendent for the 2022-23 school year on Wednesday evening, June 8.

Lyon previously served as superintendent of the Hillsboro School District and most recently worked as a superintendent for the Frisco Independent School District in Frisco, Texas, a large school district north of Dallas.

While the board had previously agreed to hire Lyon following an interview on June 2, the formal vote was held June 8.

Lyon will take over the duties of outgoing Superintendent Heather Cordie, who announced she would be leaving

Sherwood for a position as deputy superintendent of teaching and learning for the larger Beaverton School District at the end of the month.

On Wednesday, both the school board and Cordie's staff paid tribute to the superintendent, who served 12 years as leader of the 5,000-student district in Sherwood.

Steve Emmert, executive director of human resources for the Sherwood School District, said it's rare to find someone who exhibits the qualities and characteristics Cordie possesses.

"Her professionalism, empathy, ethics, fairness, strength, values, passion for students and interest in other's stories has been invaluable and will certainly be missed. I know that our district has thrived under her leadership," said Emmert. "The Beaverton School District is blessed to have her, and I wish her all the best in her new adventures."

Gary Bennett, Sherwood's assistant superintendent, praised Cordie for championing two capital bonds, the most recent in 2016.

Bennett said the idea to build a new high school came from community listening sessions.

"It wasn't on our radar at all to do that, and it turned out to be the right move. … When (Cordie) ran the numbers, financially it was for sure the right move in the long term," he said.COURTESY PHOTO: SHERWOOD SCHOOL DISTRICT  - CORDIE

In turn, Cordie and others said goodbye to longtime Sherwood school board chair Sue Hekker, who has served on the board since 2007. Hekker recently announced she will step down from her position.

Cordie said called Hekker a loyal servant of the community who has served selflessly over the years and recalled her first meeting with Hekker 12 years ago, when the district was searching for a new superintendent.

"What was very clear very soon in that process was that the staff was clearly a group of dedicated professionals who cared so much about the students in their care, and that the board was very high-functioning and professional," said Cordie.

Cordie said she appreciated Hekker's reassuring smile and occasional head nod, which "helped me to know that I was among friends" during her interview to become superintendent. COURTESY PHOTO: SUE HEKKER - HEKKER

"The laughter, the tears, the joy, the struggles we've endured together over the years will never be forgotten," said Cordie who thanked Hekker for "trusting in that rookie superintendent all those years ago and for being our biggest champion today."

Board member Jessica Adamson said Hekker has made a lasting mark on the district.

"Your work in this community will live on forever. Your impact on students will live on forever and they may never know it but I hope that everyone tonight knows, this community, this educational program would not be what it is without Sue Hekker," she said.

Earlier on June 8, the board interviewed six candidates for possible appointment to fill the remainder of Hekker's term, which expires one year from now. They included Jeffrey A. Lee, Matthew Thornton, Justin Kai, Hans Moller, Ian Swanson and Janice Hayes. After paper ballot voting, Lee was appointed as the newest school board member in a 3-2 vote.

Lee served in the U.S. Army and holds a doctoral degree in clinical psychology. While living in Oregon, he has worked as a clinical and forensic psychologist.

Lee has one child who has graduated from Sherwood High School and three

daughters and four nieces in the school system now, he wrote on his letter of interest for the position.

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