SEHS Principal Dey takes new post
The Eugene School District will be looking to hire a new principal at South Eugene High School after Principal Andy Dey announced Monday that he has accepted an administrator position with the district.
Dey, who has served as the South Eugene principal for about three years, will become the district’s director of secondary instruction beginning July 1. He’ll take over for BJ Blake, who has served as the district’s director of secondary instruction since August 2016. Blake, who has been a Eugene district employee since 2000, is retiring.
In his new position, Dey will direct and oversee all aspects of middle and high schools, including curriculum, instruction, alternative education, extracurricular activities, supervising and mentoring middle and high school principals, and ensuring that every student graduates. He will be paid $128,092 annually.
In an email statement sent to parents Monday, Dey said the district already has begun its “exhaustive national search” to fill his principal position “in order to find someone who is the right fit for South at this time.”
Dey said he’s excited for the opportunity to continue to serve the district but that he’s appreciative of his time at the high school.
“I have very much enjoyed my time at South,” he wrote. “This is an outstanding school with wonderful students, families and faculty. I will take on my next role within the district feeling as though I am better because of my time here with all of you.”
Eugene district Superintendent Gustavo Balderas said in a statement that Dey’s “broad background” and experience as a middle and high school teacher and administrator, K-12 curriculum director, track coach and nonprofit conservation organization director make him a good fit for the position.
Dey’s first position in the Eugene district was as a science teacher at Roosevelt Middle School.
Dey also formerly served as the principal at Agnes Stewart Middle School and at Thurston High School, both in the Springfield district.
He serves as the interim president of the Governing Board for the Academy of Arts and Academics, an alternative high school in the Springfield district.
“Andy is an experienced education administrator who will bring a strong skill set to this new role, including excellent communication,” Balderas said.
“In his three years as principal of South Eugene, he has met a number of challenging situations — such as the recent ‘Axemen’ team name controversy — with great poise, and addressed issues with confidence, collaboration and clear communication. He is a focused and passionate leader for educational excellence, working with staff and community to find ways to ensure that all students are successful. He will be an asset to the district in this key role.”
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