HRCSD starts process for replacing Virk

At the Nov. 9 meeting of the Hood River County School District Board of Directors, Board Member Jan Veldhuisen Virk announced she will be stepping down from her position effective Feb. 1, 2017.

The Hood River County School District Board of Directors is aiming to select a replacement at its Jan. 25 public meeting. Six of the board posts are geographically-based; however, Veldhuisen Virk holds the at-large Position 7, meaning it is open to residents from anywhere within the district.

Applications for this position are posted on the district website at and are due by 4 p.m. on Jan. 6.

To inquire about this position or for questions, contact Board Administrative Assistant Terri Martz at 541-387-5013 or email

Applicants will be asked to provide written statements about their experience and involvement in schools and the community, among other questions.

Veldhuisen Virk has been a school board member for 18 years. Over her tenure on the board, Veldhuisen Virk has helped to make important programmatic, policy and budgetary decisions that have furthered the vision and effectiveness of our public schools. Veldhuisen Virk has served as chair, vice chair and board member and on countless committees for the district as well as working on local option and bond projects.

School Board meets Dec. 14

Hood River County School Board of directors will hold its last scheduled meeting of 2016 on Dec. 14, 6:30 p.m. at the District Office, 1011 Eugene St.

Finance director Saundra Buchanan will give a bond projects update and curriculum director Neely Kirwan will report on school improvement plans, along with two principals: Bill Newton of Westside Elementary and Sarah Braman Smith of Wy’east Middle School.

Superintendent Dan Goldman will give a report and human resources director Catherine Dalbey will present “recognition and good news.” In action items, the board will consider memoranda of understanding for he School Based Health Clinic and for the new School Resource Deputy position, done in conjunction with the Hood River County Sheriff Department.

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