Supt. Dan Goldman has announced that he is appointing Erin Lolich as the interim chief academic officer of the Hood River County School District for the upcoming school year.

Lolich’s appointment will be formally presented to the Hood River County School District Board of Directors on Aug. 14.

The district advertised for the position of chief academic officer back in May and again in July of this year after Penny Grotting resigned from the position (formerly director of curriculum) to take a position as assistant superintendent for the Columbia Gorge Educational Service District.

The district received more than 20 applications and after a committee made up of principals, confidential staff, certified staff and administrators interviewed candidates from the pool, Goldman decided that at this time the district would be best served appointing an interim chief academic officer for the upcoming school year and to resume recruitment activities during the year. Goldman called Lolich “a high caliber, proven educational leader.”

Goldman and Lolich had worked together at Goldman’s previous district, Tigard-Tualatin School District, where Lolich served as associate director of curriculum and instruction for the past three years.

She was responsible for leading a transition to the Common Core State Standards, the integration of $8 million of bond-funded innovative technologies into classroom instruction, leading curriculum adoptions in literacy, math and science, directing services to English language learners and economically disadvantaged students, and implementing excellent professional development for licensed and administrative personnel.

Prior to this work, Lolich was the project director for the Oregon Response to Intervention program from 2006-2010 where she trained more than 30 Oregon school districts (including the Hood River County School District) to scale up effective literacy instruction, data systems, collaborative teaming, research-based interventions and instructional leadership practices.

Lolich has served as a principal, literacy specialist and special education teacher in Tigard-Tualatin and Colorado. She holds a bachelor’s degree in education from Gonzaga University and a master’s degree in educational administration from Portland State University.

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