Hood River County Superintendent of Schools Dan Goldman to Resign
This week, Superintendent Dan Goldman sent a resignation letter to Hood River County School District staff and Board of Directors.
“Since 2013, I have had the enormous honor of serving the Hood River County schools and community as your superintendent. It is with mixed emotions that I am resigning effective the end of this school year, on June 30, 2019. I have accepted the position of Superintendent for the Northwest Regional Education Service District, serving over 125,000 students in 20 school districts, across four Oregon counties - an incredible opportunity to positively impact the lives of so many children.”
With Goldman at the helm, Hood River County schools have shown significant improvement and stability. In his time leading the District, major accomplishments have included:
- Rapid increases in literacy and math outcomes, high school graduation rates, and the number of students pursuing post-secondary education degrees and certificates;
- Stabilizing the District’s budget while decreasing class sizes and doubling the number of elementary counselors, physical education and music teachers;
- Substantially increasing the number of students in advanced placement (AP) and college-level coursework;
- Doubling the number of high-quality preschool programs;
- Helping to pass operating and capital bond levies at historic voter-approval levels, and delivering critical capital bond improvements as promised and on budget;
- Expanding the District’s focus on integrated Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics and career-technical education;
- Significantly diversifying the educational workforce and expanding Spanish Language Immersion programming;
- Earning the District’s first ever Certificate of Excellence in fiscal transparency and accuracy, increasing ratings from S&P Global Ratings on its general obligation bonds to an ‘AA-’ rating, and delivering five consecutive years of clean financial audits; and,
- HRCSD named as one of the top 10 school districts in the state (and in the top 5 for student-athletes).
“In these past six years, I have been incredibly fortunate to work alongside amazingly dedicated and talented public educators in service to Hood River County’s children and families. Together, we have moved the dial for our students in meaningful and quantifiable ways. When the end of the year finally arrives, it is my greatest hope that any legacy I leave is that of a stronger, more stable, more equitable, and higher achieving school system than when I arrived. Thank you to everyone for all the guidance, good will, and support during my superintendency in Hood River. I’ll certainly miss working alongside the state’s best educators and most committed community.”