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WSD Interim Superintendent Juan Larios will continue in his current position through the coming school year.

Woodburn School Board announced Tuesday, July 27, that Juan Larios will continue his position as the Woodburn School District Interim Superintendent through the 2021-22 school year.

Larios was appointed to the position earlier this year after the board placed former Superintendent Oscar Moreno Gilson on leave while investigating a personnel issue. Gilson's contract was later terminated.COURTESY PHOTO: DANIELS PHOTOGRAPHY - Juan Larios, Woodburn Independent - News

WSB Chairman Anthony Medina said the board and an 18-member screening and interview committee received and reviewed 18 highly qualified candidates before approving Larios' interim superintendent contract at the July 27 board meeting.

"We conducted a very deliberative process with thoughtful input from our hiring committee that represented teachers, classified staff, administrators, parents and community members," Medina said. "Our board concluded that Mr. Larios' experience and background as a teacher and administrator in our district will provide us the leadership and stability we need this school year, while we conduct a search for a permanent superintendent."

Larios, who was recognized by the Woodburn Chamber of Commerce as the Distinguished Service Alma Outstanding Educator of the Year award earlier this year, has more than 20 years of experience in a variety of roles within the Woodburn School District. He has been the WSD acting superintendent since February 2021.

Larios' prior positions include director of school performance, high school principal of the Academy of International Studies, principal of Washington Elementary School, assistant principal of Heritage Elementary School and a dual language (Spanish) teacher at Lincoln Elementary School.

Larios earned his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Science degrees in education from Western Oregon University; he obtained his administrator licensure from Portland State University.

"I am so honored to be selected as Woodburn's interim superintendent and am so excited to continue serving the Woodburn community. Woodburn is a wonderful community and I am wholeheartedly invested in moving our mission forward to engage, inspire, and prepare all students to learn, lead, and contribute toward a just community, both local and global," Larios said.

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