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GP schools names new superintendent

Tim Sweeney is a former Butte Falls superintendent and teacher at Eagle Point Middle School
Coalition of Oregon School Administrators photo Tim Sweeney

A former Rogue Valley school teacher and top administrator who was the state’s superintendent of the year in 2019 was named Friday as the next leader of Grants Pass School District 7.

Tim Sweeney, superintendent of the Coquille School District for the past 12 years, will lead Grants Pass schools beginning July 1, according to a news release. The district noted his name is still pending a background check and “successful (contract) negotiations.”

“I am deeply humbled by the board’s decision to offer me the position. I know the competition for the superintendency was very strong, so to have been selected is truly an honor,” Sweeney said in a prepared statement. “I look forward to working with the school board, staff and students of the Grants Pass School District for many years to come.”

Board Chair Scott Nelson applauded Sweeney, whose name came after a months-long national search for a superintendent to succeed Kirk Kolb, who chose not to renew his contract.

“Tim brings the leadership qualities and innovative thinking we feel are needed at this critical juncture in public education,” Nelson said in a prepared statement. “Tim impressed us with his many years of experience as a superintendent, and his track record for positive growth and change. He places the students and staff first and will work diligently to support all of our students in achieving a successful education. We look forward to working with him to increase educational opportunities for Grants Pass students.”

Prior to his service to the Coquille School District, Sweeney served as superintendent for Butte Falls School District from 2007-2010. During his first year of teaching, 1996-97, Sweeney was an eighth-grade history teacher at Eagle Point Middle School, where, in 2002, he became the athletic director.

In its Friday news release, the district noted constituents participated in focus groups and town hall meetings that helped narrow down the superintendent candidates and ultimately select Sweeney.