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Fetz steps back as he nears retirement

by: CONTRIBUTED - Howard Fetz has been superintendent of the Estacada School District since 1999.Estacada School District Superintendent Howard Fetz will “take a step back” as he nears retirement.

“My role as superintendent is soon coming to a close, and a smooth and effective transition requires continuity for those who will remain, as well as for those who will join the district in decision-making roles,” Fetz wrote in a letter to the school board dated Wednesday, Nov. 20.

“Consequently, I propose that I ‘take a step back’ and change my role over the next few months. I will assume a supportive role where much of my time is spent off-site. Technology makes so many things possible, even from a distance.”

School Board Chairman Rick Mudrow said the board has accepted Fetz’s proposal.

Fetz will continue to hold the title of superintendent and will finish his contract, which expires June 30, 2014, but he will assume a “consulting role.”

Mudrow said the board has no plans to designate an interim superintendent.

The district’s principals and Shannon Powell, director of the district’s special services programs, will take on extra duties until a new superintendent is hired for the 2014-15 school year.

Mudrow said the board is considering proposals from three consulting firms to aid in the search for a new superintendent.

Each firm has proposed a “road map” for how to proceed with the superintendent search and could start immediately on the job.

“The district would be involved, obviously, at every level,” Mudrow said.

Mudrow expects a firm will be selected by the first week of December.

“As the board, what we’re committed to is (to) find the right candidate to pick up where Dr. Fetz left off,” Mudrow said.

The board, Mudrow said, wants to focus on moving in a “proactive” direction, “get the budget healthy” and “increase graduation rates.”

He said the board wants to select a superintendent who can handle dealing with these complicated issues immediately.

“(We want to) not be pressured more by time than by quality of who we hire,” Mudrow said.

Mudrow expects the new superintendent will be hired in late spring or early summer 2014.

Fetz declined to comment for this article.

To read the board’s statement on Fetz’s new role or Fetz’s letter to the board, visit www.esd108.org/news.asp?id=148.

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