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Parkdale principal assumes human resources director position

On June 7, 2023, the Hood River County School District (HRCSD) Board of Directors approved Parkdale Elementary School principal Gus Hedberg as the new HRCSD human resources director. Current HRCSD human resources director Catherine Dalbey accepted a human resources position with Northwest Regional Education Service District (NWRESD). Dalbey and Hedberg will transition to their new positions on July 1, 2023. 


Prior to Hedberg’s current nine-year principal position, Hedberg was a middle school vice principal, teacher, and elementary/middle school athletics director. He is bilingual and biliterate. Hedberg has worked in four schools throughout the county, spanning from Cascade Locks to Hood River to the upper valley. These professional experiences, along with his community volunteerism, have allowed Hedberg to build relationships with staff, students, and families. 


Superintendent Rich Polkinghorn said Hedberg has been an outstanding leader of Parkdale Elementary School. His career has centered on nurturing equity and inclusion within HRCSD. 


“Gus is exceptionally organized and thoughtful, and he genuinely cares for students and staff,” said Superintendent Polkinghorn. “These characteristics will serve Gus and our students and staff well as he moves into this role.”


Hedberg said working as principal at Parkdale Elementary School has been the highlight of his career. 


“I have had the opportunity of committing myself to a school with passionate and dedicated educators, curious children, and supportive families,” said Hedberg. “These community members and I have worked together to create a positive learning environment, collaborative culture, and thriving morale among staff members.


HRCSD will post the Parkdale Elementary School principal position on its website for applications.