Board approves Parent's retirement

While the events leading up to the retirement of South Lane Superintendent Krista Parent dominated school board conversations, the actual approval of it did not garner a word.

The South Lane School Board voted to approve Parent’s retirement during its June 4 meeting as part of the consent agenda. The item was not discussed and the board voted unanimously. Parent’s retirement is effective June 30.

Parent has since accepted a position with the Confederation of Oregon School Administrators (COSA) as the director of leading and licensure.

“I am excited to take my 33 years of experience in South Lane to the state level,” Parent said. “COSA is an amazing organization that prepares and supports administrators from assistant principals to superintendents throughout Oregon…developing the educator pipeline in Oregon and across the country is very important work. I am ready for this next chapter in my career.”

Parent’s retirement was initiated earlier this year after a complaint was filed with the school district concerning a personal relationship between Parent and a South Lane School District employee. A third-party investigation concluded that Parent did not violate state or school policy citing the absence of an anti-fraternization policy in South Lane. In May, the Teachers’ Standards and Practices Commission—responsible for establishing and enforcing professional standards of educators throughout the state—cleared Parent of misconduct allegations.

Larry Sullivan was approved as the interim superintendent through June 30 of next year by the school board in May after a three-month search. Sullivan has served as an assistant superintendent in Canton, OH, a lobbyist in Washington, DC and a school psychologist. He most recently retired from his position as the Lane Education Service Director last June, working as an interim principal at Spring Creek Elementary School. At the time of his hiring, Sullivan said, “My goal, when I go down there is really to spend a lot of time doing the type of work that can allow the administration to get back to their work because all the administration has been doing double duty for a while. So, my job is really not getting in the way but helping.”

Assistant superintendent Kyle Tucker who has been serving as the acting superintendent since Parent’s retirement announcement earlier this year, declined to apply for the interim superintendent position.

The South Lane School Board has launched a search for a long-term superintendent to be in place by July 1, 2019.

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