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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.

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.

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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 […]

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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.”

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Superintendent to report for active duty

On 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 […]

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