4J School Superintendent Stepping Down

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EUGENE, Ore. — The 4J School District is losing its superintendent after the next school year.

Wednesday night, Dr. Sheldon Berman asked to end his contract early.

Berman told KEZI 9 News he made this decision due to family circumstances, but will put in one more school year to provide some closure and allow the school board to have time to find a replacement.

The board approved Berman’s request to cut his contract one year early Wednesday night.

Berman has put in three years at the 4J School District and brings more than 20 years of experience as a superintendent to the table. He said in 2015, his priorities will be put toward his family.

“This is more of a family concern. I’m tempted to bring my family together in a more constructive way. We’re spread across the country,” Berman said. “It’s really disappointing to leave. I’ve really enjoyed the people here, the community, it’s a wonderful community.”

Berman says he’s proud of the foundation he’s helped build in the past three years, including bringing the district out of a budget deficit.

The board is on a summer break and will reconvene on August 13. From there they will decide how to move forward in the hiring process.

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