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Paul Peterson to serve as new SCESD superintendent

The South Coast Education Service District board of directors is pleased to announce that Paul Peterson has been selected to serve as the new ESD superintendent beginning July 1, 2022. Peterson brings more than 27 years of experience in education to his new role, 21 of which have been in Oregon.

“After a careful and thorough search that we narrowed down to two very strong candidates, we believe that Paul will provide the strong leadership we need to help us support our students, families, teachers and staff,” said John Buckley, member of the SCESD board of directors. “His local roots and deep understanding of the Oregon education system was an important factor in our decision. He’s also an excellent listener and has a very genuine presence about him.”

Charis McGaughy, who has served as SCESD’s interim superintendent for nearly a year, has accepted a permanent superintendent position with Coos Bay School District and will transition to her new role on July 1.

“Over the past year, Charis McGaughy has provided excellent leadership and stability to our ESD in her role as interim superintendent,” said SCESD board chair Corinne Potts. “We are grateful for her stepping in to help us with this transition and wish her the best in her new role.”
Since launching his academic career as a classroom teacher in the state of Washington, Peterson has held both school and district leadership positions throughout his tenure in education. Peterson formerly served as assistant superintendent for Northwest Regional Education Service District and most recently, has been working to support school districts through leadership transitions by serving in interim superintendent roles for Scappoose and Silver Falls School Districts.

“I am looking forward to joining the outstanding team at South Coast ESD,” said Peterson. “My favorite people in the world are all educators, and the team at South Coast ESD is impressively talented, with expertise and commitment to helping all kids. I’m grateful and blessed to work with such incredible people. On top of that, I’ll get to work with the region’s talented school leaders, providing thoughtful leadership as we work to innovate and keep improving the educational experience for all kids.”

According to Peterson, his entry plan will kick off with listening and learning with a focus on team and community building prior to building a collaborative strategic plan for the district.

Serving School Districts in Coos, Curry, and Western Douglas Counties

SCESD Strives for an
Accident-free Workplace!

Safety Starts With Me

South Coast ESD Board of Directors will have meetings on the following dates:

Regular Board Meeting with Executive Sessions on June 14th, 2022, starting at 6:00 PM. Executive Session based on ORS 192.660(2)(d) – To conduct deliberations with persons you have designated to carry on labor negotiations, and Executive Session based on ORS 192.660(2)(i) – To review and evaluate the employment-related performance of the chief executive officer of any public body, a public officer, employee or staff member who does not request an open hearing. Due to the coronavirus/COVID-19 state-wide restrictions, and in keeping with the efforts of social distancing to reduce the spread of the coronavirus/COVID-19, the meeting will be conducted virtually, with minimal staff attending in person at 1350 Teakwood Ave. in Coos Bay and via Zoom at https://sces-k12-or-us.zoom.us/j/87072392821.

The agenda will be posted the Friday before the meeting.

PUBLIC INPUT: To sign up for public input, e-mail or call the Board Secretary at 541-266-3265 or barbarab@scesd.k12.or.us. Deadline to sign up for public input is 12:00pm the day of the meeting. Those signed up will be given an access code to the meeting.

Speakers may offer objective criticism of school operations and programs, but the board will not hear personal complaints concerning school personnel nor against any person connected with the school system. The board chair will direct the visitor to the appropriate means for board consideration and disposition of legitimate complaints involving individuals. (Board Policy BDDH)

For more meeting information call 541-266-3951 or email barbarab@scesd.k12.or.us

South Coast ESD Non-discrimination Policy:

South Coast ESD respects the diversity of all individuals and groups and in collaboration with all of our partners will ensure students maximize their potential through quality service, professionalism, growth and sustainable systems.  It is the policy of South Coast ESD that there will be no discrimination or harassment of individuals or groups based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, marital status, age, veteran’s status, genetic information or disability in and educational programs, activities or employment. (ACA Non-Discrimination policy).

For more information, please contact the Office of the Superintendent, 541-266-3951.

Public Complaints

Members of the public, parents, staff and students are encouraged to make their concerns know to the ESD and to give the ESD an opportunity to review those concerns and respond to them (Board Policy KL).

The complainant must follow the complaint procedure as outlined in administrative regulation Public Complaint Procedure KL-AR.

Important Contacts

South Coast ESD
Charis McGaughy
1350 Teakwood
Coos Bay, OR 97420

Bandon School District
Shauna Schmerer
455 Ninth St SW
Bandon, OR 97411

Brookings-Harbor School District
David Marshall
629 Easy St
Brookings, OR 97415

Central Curry School District
Eric Milburn
29516 Ellensburg Ave
Gold Beach, OR 97444

Coos Bay School District
Bryan Trendell
1255 Hemlock Ave.
Coos Bay, OR 97420

Coquille School District
Tim Sweeney
1366 N Gould
Coquille, OR 97423

Myrtle Point School District
Nanette Hagen
413 C St.
Myrtle Point, OR 97458

North Bend School District
Kevin Bogatin
1913 Meade St.
North Bend, OR 97459

Port Orford-Langlois School District
Steve Perkins
P O Box 8, 45525 Hwy 101
Port Orford, OR 97465

Powers School District
Matt Shorb
P O Box 479
Powers, OR 97466

Reedsport School District
Jon Zwemke
100 Ranch Road
Reedsport, OR 97467

Ali Mageehon, Ed.D. Vice President of Instruction and Student Services Southwestern Oregon Community College
1988 Newmark Ave.
Coos Bay, OR 97420

Charis McGaughyInterim Superintendent
Phone: 541-266-3985
FAX: 541-269-4548

Brandie MonroeHuman Resources/Operations
Phone: 541-266-3946
FAX: 541-266-4040

Jerod Nunn, Business Director
Phone: 541-266-4024
Fax: 541-269-4548

Lisa WendelAdaptive Life Skills Program Administrator
Phone: 541-266-3938
FAX: 541-269-4548

Dawn GrangerCurriculum Program Director
Phone: 541-266-3904
FAX: 541-269-4548

Georgeann HartyProgram Administrator, Regional Inclusive Services
Phone: 541-266-4925
FAX: 541-269-4548

Allyson McNeill, Program Administrator, EI/ECSE, K-12 Speech and Audiology
Phone: 541-266-3918
FAX: 541-269-4548