Concluding its search for a new superintendent, the Grant School District No. 3 Board of Directors announced Bret A. Uptmor has been selected to be the district’s next superintendent beginning July 1, according to a press release. Uptmor is currently serving as Superintendent for the Wallowa School District. The school board and Uptmor are working on the terms of a tentative agreement, which will be finalized at a board meeting in the near future.
“We had an excellent field of candidates for the superintendent position. With assistance from a hard-working team of staff and community, we reviewed each application and selected several candidates for initial interviews. After the initial interviews, we narrowed the field of candidates to three finalists and conducted thorough reference checks. The finalists were invited to spend a day in our district meeting with many groups of staff and touring schools, followed by a community forum and another Board interview,” Board Chair Chris Cronin said. “After considering all that we learned about each of the finalists, the board concluded that Bret Uptmor emerged as the right candidate to lead our district.”
Uptmor has been Wallowa superintendent, serving 180 students, since 2011. He was an assistant principal and a principal in the Ontario School District for six years prior to his time at Wallowa. Before entering school administration, Uptmor was an industrial technology teacher, primarily in Oregon and Idaho for about 15 years. He has a Master of Science degree in industrial technology education and a Bachelor of Science degree in industrial technology education from the University of Idaho.
When asked about his philosophy for education, Uptmor said, “In reality, education is about learning. Each student should enjoy learning and educators should have the tools to support them. I believe as educators we should have an engaging plan that meets every student’s needs. Working together with the staff, students, parents and community we can plan for all students to succeed. I’m excited to see what we can accomplish together in the John Day School District.”
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