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TTSD director named superintendent of Hood River schools


by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Dan GoldmanLess than two weeks after the current human resources and operations director, Ernie Brown, was named superintendent of the Tigard-Tualatin School District, a member of the district’s cabinet has announced he’s leaving.

Dan Goldman, Tigard-Tualatin’s director of curriculum for the past five years, is stepping down from his post this summer to take a job as superintendent of the Hood River County School District.

“I feel like I’m ready to lead a whole district,” Goldman told The Times.

The Hood River County School Board made its decision Wednesday, March 13, after he and fellow candidate Steven Skalka, of Battle Creek, Mich., spent the day meeting with community members and participating in interviews with the board.

Goldman said he was attracted to Hood River because of its commitment to the students, has a diverse population and is a place he wants to raise his two daughters.

Hood River’s search for a superintendent began this past November. Goldman was one of 45 applicants considered for the position.

He did not apply for the superintendency in Tigard-Tualatin to replace Rob Saxton, who left the district to lead Oregon’s public schools system.

Goldman said he didn’t apply for the Tigard-Tualatin job because he knew Brown was likely to apply.

“It was important for me to not be in that kind of situation with Ernie. We work together,” Brown said. “I knew he was interested in that position and I am so confident that he will move the district forward.”

Goldman has been responsible for a host of programs in the district, including the dual-language classes at Bridgeport and Metzger elementary schools.

He implemented the district’s Safe School, Healthy Students grant, played a major role in hiring many of the district’s principals and oversaw the district’s curriculum, student testing and staff development as well as EBIS, a behavioral support program for struggling students.

Under Goldman’s tenure, the district raised its student achievement in literacy and closed the achievement gap in the district’s Latino student population by 40 percent during the past two years.

Goldman said he was most proud of the district’s literacy program and the way that teachers are approaching improving literacy for students in all grades.

“This is the information age and if kids don’t have high literacy skills they are really behind the 8 ball among their peers,” Goldman said.

Goldman said that he was ready for a new challenge in Hood Tiver.

“I want to make difference and help the district increase outcomes for kids,” Goldman said. “I feel I have done that here, the programs are really robust and strong.”

Goldman joined the Tigard-Tualatin team in 2006 after a five-year stint as a school psychologist and teacher on special assignment in Portland Public Schools. He served as associate director of curriculum before taking over leadership of the department in 2009.

Goldman said he won’t be resting on his laurels between now and his last day in June.

“I have promised everybody that we’re going to run through the finish line here, we’re not going to stop,” Goldman said.

Hood River is about one-third the size of Tigard-Tualatin, enrolling about 3,983 students.

Goldman’s first day on the job will be July 1.