The former Banks High School administrator stepped down for personal medical reasons, according to the Canby schools superintendent.

Jim Smith has stepped down as Canby High School’s athletic director and associate principal for personal medical reasons, the district superintendent said.

According to Canby School District Supt. John Steach, Smith took a leave of absence to care for a family member this past fall and extended his leave for personal medical reasons.

Jim Smith“Based on those personal medical reasons, he’s looking for a change of career,” Steach said. “He left on good terms. We were sorry to see him go.”

Smith was hired by the local school district in May 2012 to fill the vacancy left by Dennis Burke, who accepted an offer to become the athletic director at Wilsonville High School.

Previously, Smith had worked for more than a decade in the Banks School District in Washington County, including as principal and athletic director at Banks High School.

Ryan Swearingen, the Canby boys golf coach, is serving as the interim athletic director as the district begins its search for Smith’s replacement.

Steach said Swearingen was asked to fill the position in part as a way to alleviate the burden of Smith’s departure on CHS principal Pat Johnson, who has undergone treatment for prostate cancer.

“It was nice to have someone in house who has the capability to step up right now,” Steach said. “With hiring during the school year, it’s tough to get someone in the middle of the year because of people’s commitments to their current districts. “We were forced to look internally.”

The Canby School District is accepting applications through Feb. 21 for the position, which officially starts July 1. A candidate is expected to be selected by March 6.

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