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Published: Wednesday, 7/30/2008

Oregon school board starts to fill some vacant spots


Oregon school board members this week began to fill several vacant positions across the district, while continuing efforts to come up with $100,000 in administrative cuts.

Loren Dirr, the assistant principal at Clay High School, has been hired as the school's principal. His annual salary will be $109, 096.

Jim Jurski, the high school's athletic director, was hired to replace Mr. Dirr as assistant principal, at a salary of $85,774.

Jeff Thompson, who has been assistant principal of Eisenhower and Fassett middle schools, will take on the duties of principal of Eisenhower Middle School. His salary will be $98,094.

Dawn Henry, student services director for the district, will serve as principal of Coy Elementary, for $95,946.

The board also during its meeting Monday voted to accept the resignation of Lonny Rivera, principal of Coy Elementary. Mr. Rivera, who had been a finalist for Oregon's superintendent position, was recently hired as chief of staff for Toledo Public Schools.

Jeff Ziviski, a board member, said some newly vacated positions may not be filled in order to help the district make $100,000 in administrative cuts it had ordered previous superintendent John C. Hall to make.

"We've created a few vacancies right now," Mr. Ziviski said.

"I'm hoping to finish a few of the other personnel openings for the school year, and I plan on analyzing the administrative cuts to make sure we've met that."

Mr. Ziviski said he hopes the board will end up with between $200,000 to $300,000 in cuts once it is finished with the personnel moves for the school year.

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