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Canby School Superintendent Steach moving to Evergreen School District in Vancouver, Wash.


Canby Schools Superintendent John Steach has resigned to become deputy superintendent in the Evergreen School District in Vancouver, Wash.

His last day as Canby superintendent will be June 30. Steach will step into the second-in-command post in Washington state’s fourth largest school district, reporting to Evergreen Superintendent John Deeder.

In the April 24 email to district staff announcing his new job, Steach said leaving friends and associates in Canby was difficult.

Due to Oregon education financing, the past three years were difficult but fulfilling, he wrote. Sharing that experience with such an outstanding staff and community was an honor.

“In spite of economic struggles, together we have created programs at the Ackerman Center to meet a wide variety of needs, transitioned Trost to a thriving magnet program, kept pace with state and federal mandates and maintained high instructional standards for all students,” he wrote. “All of these accomplishments are a statement to your dedication and professionalism.”

Aware of Steach’s impending departure, the Canby School District board of education has already hired West Linn search firm Window to Leadership. The board intends to first hire an interim superintendent and then find a long-term administrator.

Steach has served as Canby’s superintendent since July 1, 2011. Before that, he was deputy superintendent in the Richland (Wash.) School District.

Steach was twice considered for superintendent jobs in Washington state last year. He was a finalist for the job in the South Kitsap School District in February and the Richland School District in April.

Steach moves from a Canby School District student population of about 5,000 to one with nearly 27,000 students. The Evergreen district has five high schools, six middle schools and 21 elementary schools and employs about 3,000 people.

Steach said he had been keeping an eye on the Evergreen district since he left Washington.

“I like a lot of the progressive thinking they have on learning and education,” he said. “They have a long history of sound administrative practices and student performance.”

As an example, he cited the Henrietta Lacks Health and Bioscience High School that the Evergreen district opened last year. The school focuses its curriculum on medical careers and has a close relationship with the nearby PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center.