SLSD names Curtis as superintendent

School board chair Sherry Duerst-Higgins (left) was among board members to vote in favor of Yvonne Curtis (right) as the new South Lane School District superintendent.

The South Lane School Board has announced that Dr. Yvonne Curtis is the new superintendent of the district effective July 1. 

According to board chair, Sherry Duerst-Higgins, “Dr. Curtis has the experience that will benefit our school district, putting our students first to improve graduation rates, supporting student success in all Pk-12 academic areas and programs and meeting the needs of our diverse communities in our school district and building positive relationships within our community.” 

Curtis is currently the interim superintendent of the South Lane School District. She has extensive experience in Oregon public education K -12, including 23 years of administrative experience as a principal, director of student achievement in the Eugene school district, eight years as a superintendent in Forest Grove, and deputy superintendent of instruction in Portland Public Schools. 

Curtis received her doctoral degree from the University of Oregon and her Master of Teaching degree from Lewis and Clark College. 

“I am deeply honored and grateful for this opportunity to lead the South Lane School District working collaboratively with the school board, strong leadership team and deeply committed staff members,” said Curtis. “Already, I have experienced a warmwelcome from community leaders and partners who work tirelessly to ensure our students and families have their basic needs met. 

“While we face huge global and social challenges, the South Lane School District will stand on the firm foundation already in place and ensure our students graduate with the knowledge, skills and dispositions required for them to advance to careers, college, citizenship and healthy lifestyles becoming our leaders of tomorrow.”

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