Jared Cordon has been selected as the next superintendent of Roseburg Public Schools.

“Ultimately, Mr. Cordon emerged as the right fit to be our next Superintendent and the right choice to assist the Board and staff in meeting our goals for kids,” board chair Joe Garcia wrote in a press release. “The Board is working to quickly finalize our contractual agreement with Mr. Cordon. We look forward to welcoming Mr. Cordon and his family to our community.”

Cordon is married with four children, one in elementary school, one in middle school, one in high school and one in college.

“This is a fantastic school district with a wonderful community, a supportive community,” Cordon said in an interview last week. “I love the people down here and love the size of the district.”

As superintendent, he will oversee approximately 6,000 students, more than 700 employees and 13 different schools. According to the position overview on the school district’s website the annual base salary is expected to be $150,000-$175,000 with benefits.

“We are excited to have Jared Cordon join our Roseburg community,” Roseburg High School Principal Jill Weber said. “His focus on strong instruction, building communities in our schools and, most importantly, kids, fits right in with our focus in Roseburg.”

Cordon has served the Beaverton School District as the administrator for elementary curriculum, instruction and assessment since 2016. In his position he was also the early childhood education director and he led the work in the area of social and emotional learning in Beaverton.

“I’ve seen him in the last couple years, when we placed early childhood education and social/emotional learning on him in addition to his duties as a district curriculum director, and he has just flourished,” Beaverton School District Superintendent Don Grotting said. “He’s a quick learner. He’s collaborative, but yet he is not afraid to make difficult decisions when difficult decisions have to be made.”

He was an elementary school principal at two different schools in the Beaverton School District before moving to the district office and was a high school vice principal for three years.

“This is a bittersweet for me because any time one of my administrators or teachers can go up and be promoted into an area it makes you feel good, but this is going to be a big hole for our district,” Grotting said. “He’s going to provide a great opportunity for the people of Roseburg.”

Cordon met with Grotting prior to applying for the position to ask for his advise on the position. “I told him in his first few day he need to go in and talk with a lot of people,” Grotting said. “Work with the school board and have that be as collaborative as possible.”

Prior to becoming an administrator, he taught English as a second language in the Corvallis School District for three years and Spanish at Oregon State University and Chemeketa Community College. Cordon has a Master of Arts in teaching and a Bachelor of Arts in environmental science, from Oregon State University.

Sanne Godfrey can be reached at sgodfrey@nrtoday.com or 541-957-4203. Follow her on Twitter @sannegodfrey.

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