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Board unanimously selects Tricia Mooney as interim superintendent

The Hermiston School Board unanimously voted to select Tricia Mooney as the interim superintendent for the next 12-18 months. The Board held interviews from 2:00-5:45 p.m., before its work session on Monday, July 24.

Tricia Mooney Interim Superintendent

Ms. Mooney is currently the Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources for the Hermiston School District. Mooney started her education career in 1995 as a teacher in the Hermiston School District. She served as a Title I teacher at Sunset Elementary School and then as a 6th grade teacher at Sandstone Middle School. In 2005, she was selected to be the principal of Rocky Heights Elementary School, and in 2007 she was promoted to middle school principal at Armand Larive Middle School.

In 2008 she was hired by the Pendleton School District to be the director of human resources, and in 2009 was promoted to assistant superintendent. Mooney earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Northwestern College in Iowa in 1995, a master’s degree in educational leadership from Washington State University in 2001, and is currently working on her doctorate.

Richard Rundhaug and “Buzz” Brazeau were interviewed via Skype, and Tricia Mooney was physically present. After the interviews the board members broke out into executive session where they went over the feedback that was provided by those in attendance and to further discuss their options.

“We are excited to have Mrs. Mooney on board with us, we look forward to seeing the district continue to move forward,” said Chairperson Karen Sherman.

By |07/24/2017 8:21:28|District News|0 Comments

Interviews set for interim superintendent position

The Hermiston School Board narrowed the applicant pool and is set to interview three candidates for the interim superintendent position. The successful candidate will fill the position for 12-18 months. Staff and community members are invited to attend the interviews scheduled for Monday, July 24, in the District’s Boardroom, 305 SW 11th Street, from 2:00-6:30 p.m.

The three finalists are:

Tricia Mooney

Ms. Mooney is currently the Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources for the Hermiston School District. Mooney started her education career in 1995 as a teacher in the Hermiston School District. She served as a Title I teacher at Sunset Elementary School and then as a 6th grade teacher at Sandstone Middle School. In 2005, she was selected to be the principal of Rocky Heights Elementary School, and in 2007 she was promoted to middle school principal at Armand Larive Middle School.

In 2008 she was hired by the Pendleton School District to be the director of human resources, and in 2009 was promoted to assistant superintendent. Mooney earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Northwestern College in Iowa in 1995, a master’s degree in educational leadership from Washington State University in 2001, and is currently working on her doctorate.

Philip “Buzz” Brazeau

Mr. Brazeau recently retired as the Superintendent for Central School District 13J, where he served from July 2012-June 2017. Brazeau served as principal for Hermiston High School from July 2007-June 2012; was recognized as the 2011-12 Administrator of the Year, and served as assistant principal for Hermiston High School from July 2004-June 2007. Brazeau was assistant principal for North Medford High School from July 1997 to June 2004. He earned a bachelor’s of science degree in physical education from Washington State University, a master’s degree in education from Southern Oregon University and holds an administrator license from Portland State University.

Richard Rundhaug

Mr. Rundhaug is currently serving as a consultant for A+ Educators in Phoenix, Arizona; his service began in January 2015. Rundhaug served as the superintendent for the Willcox Unified School District from June 2008 to June 2014; assistant superintendent for Coolidge Unified School District from August 2005 to June 2008.

Rundhaug earned a bachelor’s degree in diversified general studies from Hope International University in California; master’s degree in educational leadership from Northern Arizona University in Arizona; master of business administration in business analysis from Webster University in Arizona and a doctorate degree in educational leadership from Capella University in Arizona.

Staff and public are encouraged to participate and be present for the entire process with all candidates. Attendees will have the opportunity to participate by providing written comments for each candidate. Each comment card submitted will be reviewed by the Board and will be taken into consideration in the final decision.

By |07/21/2017 9:28:00|District News|0 Comments

District in search of interim superintendent

The Hermiston School Board is in search of an interim superintendent and is seeking assistance from staff and community members to be part of the interview process to help hire the interim leader for the District.

Aspiring candidates will undergo a public interview process on Monday, July 24 in the Boardroom. This will be a formal process, not the “meet and greet” process that staff and community members are accustomed to attending in previous principal hires.

Staff and public are encouraged to attend and be present for the entire process with all candidates. Attendees will have the opportunity to provide written comments on each candidate. Each comment card submitted will be reviewed by the Board and will be taken into consideration in the final decision.

Below is the draft interview schedule:

DRAFT interview schedule– if only 2 candidates are interviewed
7/24, 3:00 pm
7/24, 4:30 pm

DRAFT interview schedule – if 3 candidates are interviewed
7/24, 2:00 pm
7/24, 3:30 pm
7/24, 5:00 pm

“Selecting an interim superintendent is a very important function for the Board, and is one that should not be taken lightly,” said Board Chair Karen Sherman. “The superintendent position is very visible in our schools and community. The Board feels that it’s imperative that we include stakeholders in the process. The Board would like to encourage as many people to attend.”

By |07/13/2017 4:41:08|District News|0 Comments

Superintendent to report for active duty

Dr. Fred MaioccoOn Monday, July 10, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Fred Maiocco informed the Hermiston School Board that he is in receipt of official U.S. military orders, placing him on extended active duty as a member of the US Armed Forces. As a result, he requested a leave of absence from his duties as superintendent for purposes of military service.

Maiocco serves as a brigadier (one star) general in the US Army Reserve, and he is being ordered to active military service in late-July 2017 in support of US military operations in Europe. He will be assigned as the Commander, 7th Mission Support Command (MSC), a forward-deployed, consequence management and civil affairs unit based in Kaiserslautern, Germany. Additionally, he will be dual-hatted as the deputy commanding general for the 21st Theater Sustainment Command (TSC), an active duty 2-star command coordinating logistical support to US forces based in Europe, Africa, and the Middle East.

Maiocco has served as superintendent of the Hermiston School District since 2007. He is a 1986 graduate of the US Military Academy at West Point and has been a member of the US military for over 30 years. He was previously deployed to Iraq in 2004-05 and Kuwait from 2011-12 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

Maiocco estimated that his new deployment will last approximately 15-18 months, and he anticipates returning to Hermiston in late fall 2018.

The Hermiston School Board announced that it will select an interim superintendent to lead the district during Maiocco’s absence. Interested candidates must possess a valid Oregon administrator’s license and may inquire with Ms. Donna Thomas, human resources manager, at the school district administrative offices.

By |07/11/2017 8:42:31|District News|0 Comments

2017-18 School Supply Lists

Below are the school supply lists for all elementary and middle schools in the Hermiston School District.

Desert View Elementary School English Spanish
Highland Hills Elementary School English Spanish
Rocky Heights Elementary School English Spanish
Sunset Elementary School English Spanish
West Park Elementary School English Spanish
Armand Larive Middle School English/Spanish
Sandstone Middle School English/Spanish

By |06/21/2017 2:10:39|District News|0 Comments

Kevin Moore new head baseball coach

Hermiston School District Director of Athletics and Activities will recommend Kevin Moore as the head baseball coach to the Board of Education at its July 10, 2017, regular board meeting.

Moore currently serves as an elementary physical education teacher at Maxine Johnson Elementary School in Parma, Idaho. A role he has held for the past twelve years.

Moore served as the golf assistant coach for Parma High School during the 2016-17 school year. He has been an assistant coach for a varsity baseball and football team as well as a junior varsity baseball team.

Moore has a bachelor of arts degree in secondary education/physical education and health education from Concordia University. He is currently working on his master’s degree with Concordia University in Nebraska.

“Hermiston athletics is very excited to have Kevin as part of our baseball program and our overall athletic program,” said Larry Usher, director of athletics and activities for the Hermiston School District.  “He brings a lot of experience in athletics, and most importantly, very successful experience in baseball. We expect him to hit the ground running once he relocates, and begin making an impact in Hermiston’s baseball program.”

By |06/16/2017 3:18:15|District News|0 Comments

District hires a new director of operations

After an extensive hiring process, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Fred Maiocco will recommend Bradley “Brad” Wayland as the Hermiston School District director of operations. Pending approval by the Board of Education, Wayland will start July 15. Mike Kay, the current director of operations is retiring from the Hermiston School District on June 30.

Mr. Wayland is currently the president of his own company, Sentry Security Consultants, LLC., in Hawthorne, Nevada. He has also served as the deputy project manager of operations for Triple Canopy in Reston, Virginia, and the director of facilities and operations for Central Valley School District, in Washington.

Mr. Wayland served in and retired from the U.S. Air Force as a lieutenant colonel and has over twenty years of experience in leading and supervising personnel and teams; operations management; facility and maintenance management; project and program management; policy and planning development, budgeting, contracting and financial management.

Mr. Wayland has a Master of Science in Management Science from the University of Ohio and a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from the U.S. Air Force Academy.

“Mr. Wayland will be a great addition to the administrative team,” said Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources Tricia Mooney. “He brings a wealth of knowledge in many areas. We are confident that his contributions will continue to lead us in our endeavor to be the premier public school district in Oregon.”

By |06/14/2017 1:07:28|District News|0 Comments

Hermiston High School joins Washington Interscholastic Activities Association

On Sunday, June 4, the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA) Executive Board took action to approve Hermiston High School’s application for membership in the Association beginning with the 2018-19 school year.  The Oregon school becomes the first out of state school to join the Washington based Association as a full member.  Hermiston will join the Mid-Columbia Conference (MCC) with Washington high schools in Richland, Kennewick, Pasco and Walla Walla.

The WIAA Executive Board formulated set criteria to be used as an evaluation tool for out of state applications, working jointly with bordering state associations in Oregon and Idaho. The process, which began with the request by Hermiston in January, included gathering input from affected leagues and districts in Oregon and Washington as well as written support from OSAA.  “This was a unique situation for both Hermiston and the WIAA,” said WIAA Executive Director Mike Colbrese. “The Executive Board worked closely with the OSAA and IHSAA to put measures in place to evaluate the situation at hand, and set a standard going forward.”   With the WIAA currently on a four-year classification schedule, Hermiston’s commitment will span through the end of the current cycle through spring of 2020.

Hermiston’s application for membership in the WIAA was based upon the extraordinary growth of the school, its geographic isolation in Oregon, close proximity and cultural ties to the Tri-Cities of Washington.  “This move to the WIAA is the right thing for our students,” said HHS athletic director Larry Usher.  “Our situation will be much improved in regards to travel distance, lost instructional time, and budgets.”

The move comes as Hermiston faced extreme hardship under proposed redistricting efforts as a member of the Oregon School Activities Association (OSAA).  Absent action by the WIAA, under the current OSAA classification and districting committee proposal, Hermiston was slated to join an Oregon conference with Sandy, Reynolds, Gresham, Barlow, Bend, Summit and Mountain View.  In this scenario, Hermiston’s remote Oregon location would have resulted in average travel for each contest in conference play at 404 miles, round trip; resulting in 12-14 days of lost instruction per season for each athlete.  By way of contrast, Hermiston is only 57 miles away from its furthest regular competitor (Walla Walla high school) in the Mid-Columbia Conference.  Average round trip travel in the MCC will be approximately 80 miles and lost instructional time reduced to several hours each season.

“Hermiston is also tied culturally and geographically to the Tri-Cities of Washington.  Our communities have a shared heritage dating back to the Lewis and Clark expeditions,” said Hermiston Schools Superintendent Dr. Fred Maiocco.  “This action by the WIAA permits us to strengthen and deepen the cross-border community partnerships which naturally exist between Hermiston, the Tri-Cities, and Walla Walla, WA.”

Hermiston will be a full member of the WIAA for all sports and activities programs and will qualify for postseason play as a member of WIAA District 8. Action was passed Monday which approved the request of Mid-Columbia Conference Schools Chiawana, Hanford, Kamiakin, Kennewick, Pasco, Richland, Southridge and Walla Walla to move to District 8.

Over the next year, several transition activities will be required to move Hermiston from the OSAA to the WIAA.  HHS principal Tom Spoo is already attending regular meetings with MCC principals.  “I greatly appreciate the warm reception I’ve received from the MCC principals,” said Spoo.  “I look forward to working collaboratively with the MCC to ensure HHS seamlessly integrates into the WIAA next year.”

According to Usher, “We expect to publish guidance about schedules, transfer rules and eligibility very soon.”

By |06/05/2017 1:39:22|District News|0 Comments

Hermiston School District seeking community feedback regarding 2017 bond

The Hermiston School District placed a $104 million bond measure on the ballot on May 16, 2017 and the voters did not approve the bond measure. The election results showed 42 percent favored the measure versus 58 percent that opposed it.

The District is seeking community feedback to learn information as to why the bond failed to pass. The District is dedicated to maintaining a strong relationship with parents and community members to provide the very best education for students. The key to that relationship is open communication. The anonymous information obtained will be used by district administration and school board to plan for the future of the facilities.

Thoughtexchange is the tool that will be used to initiate an honest and candid conversation. To join the conversation community members and staff are encouraged to sign up by visiting http://signup.thotex.com/hermiston/Lnj. The participant will be asked to enter an e-mail address, a code will be e-mailed to the individual signing up, the participant will need to create a password and then the person will be able to enter the conversation by clicking “Share Your Thoughts” link. The Thoughtexchange link will be active from June 2-11 until 11 p.m.

The process to provide feedback may take as little as 5-10 minutes. The individual may complete the questions at their own pace, go back and change, add or delete the answer until June 11.

The information gathered by Thoughtexchange will be shared with district administrators and board. The information shared will help the District review and help prioritize the thoughts that are most important to community members and staff. It will help the District get a sense of the shared values and priorities of the community and help plan for the future of our facilities.

Everyone’s contribution is valuable; everyone’s participation is highly encouraged.

By |06/02/2017 6:42:42|District News|0 Comments

Hermiston School District welcomes a new board member

Mark GomolskiThe Hermiston School District welcomes Mr. Mark Gomolski to position #3 of the Hermiston School Board. Mr. Gomolski was elected May 16 as a write in candidate and was officially certified as the winner of the election on Tuesday, May 31. Board member Don Rankin previously held the position and did not seek re-election following twelve years of service.

“Congratulations to Mr. Gomolski, I look forward to working with him as we strive to serve the students of this wonderful community,” said Superintendent of Schools Fred Maiocco. “I applaud Mr. Gomolski’s commitment to public service and his willingness to serve in this important role.”

Mr. Gomolski retired and moved to Hermiston from Chicago. He has been very active in the community. He is a member of the Lady of Angels Church’s Finance Council, Rotary Club, Chamber of Commerce, the Knights of Columbus, Hispanic Advisory Committee, and a cook at the Friday soup kitchen for the Catholic Church. He also ran for City Council in November 2016.

Congratulations Mr. Gomolski.

By |05/31/2017 4:20:13|District News|0 Comments