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WeBSS principal named new district HR director


This summer, Casey Woolley will be the third high school administrator in two years to move to the Woodburn School District office.

Woolley, who has been in the district since 1999, is moving from his principal position to become director of human resources, by: FILE PHOTO - Casey Woolleyfollowing former principals Chuck Ransom, now superintendent, and Joe James, director of student services.

“Casey is a proven leader,” said Ransom. “In every position that he has held with the school district, he is able to analyze and assess what it needs to run better. We are pleased that he will continue his career here as our human resources director.”

The position of director of human resources and operations was vacated earlier this month by Patricia Ramirez, who accepted a similar job in Forest Grove. For the remainder of the year, Steve Williams has come out of retirement to fill in as interim. Williams retired from the position in Woodburn in 2011.

Woolley, who started with the district as a student teacher in 1997, was a teacher and a teacher on special assignment (TOSA) at French Prairie Middle School before being hired as principal of Wellness, Business and Sports School in 2008. Last year, he took on the duties of athletic director as well, but Ransom said it’s unclear what the fate of that position will be.

“It was one of the administrator positions eliminated two years ago and it has never been replaced in the budget,” Ransom said. “However, I don’t know how long we can do that (keep assigning those extra duties to staff).”

Some operations will continue to be managed by the human resources department under Woolley when he takes over July 1, but some also falls under the umbrella of the business director’s responsibilities.

Even though he doesn’t have as much experience in human resources, Woolley said he’s excited for this opportunity.

“I am looking forward to this next challenge,” said Woolley. “It’s exciting to be able to continue my career in the community that my family and I call home.”

Ransom pointed out that among the five last human resources directors, only one had previous experience.

“I certainly have the confidence in him that he will do a good job,” Ransom said about Woolley. “We will also provide a lot of mentoring and support — I hope to keep Steve around a little for that transition. But I think it’s important to have someone in that position with knowledge of the community and that skill level and talent that Casey has.”

The principal position will start being advertised after spring break, Ransom said, with the hope that someone will be hired by the end of May or early June. Woolley will continue to serve as principal and athletic director through June 30.