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Medford loses two administrators

South Medford High School Principal Damian Crowson and Roosevelt Elementary School Principal Isis Contreras both tendered their resignations last week after accepting administrative jobs in other districts.

The Eagle Point School District hired Crowson and Vanessa Jones of Tully Lake, California, to fill two available director positions and will assign them their exact responsibilities and titles later this summer, said district Human Resources Director Allen Barber. One of the available director positions currently belongs to Tiffanie Lambert, who is leaving at the end of the school year to be the Phoenix-Talent School District's assistant superintendent.

Crowson, who replaced Kevin Campbell as principal of South Medford two years ago, has been an educator for 21 years and held positions in the Grants Pass, Central Point and Three Rivers school districts before joining the Medford School District in 2015. This will be his first cabinet-level position.

“Directorships, they just don’t hand those out every single day, and this will be an opportunity for me to work with Cynda Rickert, who is highly respected, and Allen Barber, who is highly respected, and work on a new leadership team,” Crowson said.

“I hate leaving. I’ve built some amazing friendships here, and South Medford is an incredibly special place, and (the SMHS staff) welcomed me with open arms. They are the hardest working, most dedicated people I’ve ever worked with,” he added.

Crowson’s last day with the Medford School District will be June 30.

Contreras, who has been principal of Roosevelt for the last three years, accepted an administrative position in a California school district and will be moving south this summer. However, according to a letter she sent to parents Monday, she will be out on medical leave for the remainder of the school year.

“I would like to thank you for your support during my three years as principal of Roosevelt Elementary,” the letter said. “It has been a pleasure to serve you and your children as well as to work with the talented staff here at Roosevelt.”

Contreras has about 20 years of experience as an educator and started working for the Medford School District in 2011 as a special education resource teacher at Jackson Elementary School. She later served as a teacher/vice principal at Vibes Public Charter School, now Kids Unlimited Academy, for one year before being hired in 2014 as principal of Roosevelt. She was placed on paid administrative leave for a few weeks earlier this year for undisclosed reasons but returned to her post May 3.

The district is evaluating its administrative positions and will post any open principal positions later this week with the hope of having them filled by July, said district spokeswoman Natalie Hurd.

“The Medford School District appreciates the work of both of these principals throughout their time with the school district and wishes them the best of luck in their future endeavors,” Hurd said.

— Reach education reporter Teresa Thomas at 541-776-4497 or tthomas@mailtribune.com. Follow her at www.twitter.com/teresathomas_mt.