Lee Paterson

Lee Paterson

The Roseburg Public Schools board of directors appointed Lee Paterson as its interim superintendent during the regular board meeting on Wednesday.

Paterson is expected to sign the contract. He will finish the term as interim superintendent in place of Robert Freeman, who will remain at the district as the director of human resources. Freeman was assigned the job after Gerry Washburn was put on administrative leave in August.

“We appreciate Mr. Paterson’s willingness to offer to assist the district with this imperative transition as we search for our next superintendent,” board chair Joseph Garcia said. “We very much appreciate Robert Freeman and the work that he’s done for us as interim superintendent up to this point.”

Paterson was not at the school board meeting because of a previous engagement.

His term will begin on Oct. 29 and end no later than June 30 and he will be paid $106,787 for the eight-month tenure. In lieu of traditional benefits, Paterson will also receive $12,814 in lieu of retirement, $10,715 in lieu of health benefits and $7,500 for a tax-sheltered annuity.

Paterson was the district superintendent from 2002 to 2008. He retired and has been serving on boards in the community, including the Oregon Forestry Industry Council, Umpqua Community College, Adapt and the Cow Creek Band of the Umpqua Tribe of Indians Foundation.

“We are very excited to have Lee joining us once again at Roseburg Public Schools,” Freeman said in a press release. “He brings valuable experience to the district and will help ensure this school year runs smoothly and that students are receiving the best education possible.”

Janelle Polcyn can be reached at jpolcyn@nrtoday.com or 541-957-4204. Or follow her on Twitter


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Janelle Polcyn is the business reporter at The News-Review, graduated from the University of Texas, and is a podcast enthusiast.

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