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Aaron Bayer chosen as next school superintendent

He will leave principal position at Sandy High School for new position starting July 1

Sandy High School Principal Aaron Bayer has been selected as the Oregon Trail School District's next superintendent.

Bayer was selected by the Oregon Trail School District Board of Directors following an extensive search. He begins his new duties on July 1.

Over the next few days Bayer and the board will work on the terms of a tentative agreement for his employment.

Official action on a contract will be taken at the June 13 board meeting. The term of current superintendent, Shelley Redinger, ends June 30.

"Starting with an impressive field of 27 applicants, the school board narrowed the list to two finalist candidates

with the skills to lead our school district," said Board Chairman Randy Carmony. "After thoroughly investigating and debating the merits of each finalist,the board determined Aaron Bayer was the best fit for our community.'

Bayer lives in Sandy with his wife, Lisa, and children, Ally, Brynn and Keenan.

'I am honored to be offered this opportunity,' Bayer said. 'I could not ask to be in a better place at a better time. I want our staff and community to know that we will continue to grow the work and vision begun by Superintendent Redinger.

"In conjunction with our excellent staff, outstanding community members, and dedicated board leadership, we will stay the course and focus our sights on providing students with the greatest possible education."

Before taking the job as principal, Bayer served as vice principal for one year. Previously, he was a middle school vice principal in the South Umpqua School District.

Bayer began his career in education as a teacher in 2001 in the Riddle School District. He also taught in Oakridge, S.D., and Winston Dillard, S.D.

He has a master's degree in counseling from Northwest Christian University and a master's degree in teaching from Pacific University.

Bayer is working toward a doctorate degree in education - organizational development at Grand Canyon University.

His undergraduate work was at Oregon State University.

The school board reviewed all the applications with the assistance of a screening committee involving staff and community, completed a rigorous interview process with selected candidates and conducted thorough background and reference checks.

A team of board members conducted site visits in the current district for each finalist, and interviewed numerous staff and community members about their education and leadership skills.