Butte Falls names new school superintendent

Butte Falls Board of Directors announced the hiring of a new superintendent during their June 14 meeting. He is Dr. David Courtney. Most recently he was superintendent of Harney County School District No. 3 covering Hines to Crane (population 1,500), which is three times the size of Butte Falls. He resigned that position at the end of the 2009 school year, after spending eight years as the superintendent.

Courtney is a graduate of Oregon State University where he received a bachelors in education. In 1987, he graduated from the University of Oregon with a masters in education. His administrative credentials were obtained  in 1999 from Lewis & Clark and in 2009 he earned his doctorate from George Fox University.

Courtney has been in education for 24 years, 10 of those in administration. He spent eight years in Burns.

Courtney and his wife have family in southern Oregon and wanted to be closer to them. He was one of 30 applicants. The steering committee interviewed six. He begins his position July 1.

Tim Sweeney, current superintendent, will be superintendent at Coquille effective July 1.

Mary Graham announced her retirement to the board. Her position will go to Judi Sizemore effective July 1. Sweeney announced the district will receive a $100,000 grant for a new boiler from the Oregon Department of Energy, pending final paperwork.

The board approved a $1 increase in admission for adults and seniors for athletic events. Butte Falls students will be free and all other students will remain at $2. Season passes for one person for football, volleyball an basketball will be $30 and $15 for senior citizens, 65 and older.

Mrs. Scofield, who has been in charge of The Landing, thanked everyone for their kind thoughts and monetary assistance when her sons were injured. She said the boys will continue to receive medical treatment for a while. Scofield reported the community Partnership will be hiring a new coordinator. She said the Partnership received a $15,000 grant from Cow Creek and reported there will be a fun run Aug. 7.

The budget was adopted .

And as a final note, Sweeney reported the last day of school was successful and that the pet show was especially successful since his dog won the award for the curliest dog.
By Nancy Leonard
Of the Independent

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