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Witty gets Baker school job

Blue Mountain Eagle

Published on February 27, 2015 3:25PM

BAKER CITY – Grant School District No. 3 Superintendent Mark Witty has accepted the top job at the Baker School District, officials said Friday.

The Baker School Board decided Thursday night to offer the superintendent job to Witty, and announced in a press release Friday that he has accepted.

Witty has been with John Day-based District 3 for about 17 years, the past five as superintendent.

Witty was one of three finalists for the Baker job. The others were Robert Vian, 67, a district superintendent in Orofino, Idaho, and Betty Palmer, principal of South Baker Intermediate School. The Baker board is promoting Palmer to assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction.

Witty will succeed Walt Wegener, who is retiring from the Baker superintendent job.

Witty could not be reached for comment, but in an earlier interview with the Eagle, he said he saw the Baker job as an opportunity for professional growth that would allow him to stay in Eastern Oregon.


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