Bethel superintendent retiring at end of school year

Chris Parra announced she will retire at the end of the school year during a school board meeting on Monday.

Posted: Nov 9, 2020 11:42 PM
Updated: Nov 10, 2020 10:07 AM

EUGENE, Ore. -- Bethel School District superintendent Chris Parra announced she will retire at the end of the school year during a school board meeting on Monday.

Parra served five years as head of the district. She was also the first woman in the role. Pat McGillvray, spokesman for the district, said Parra always tried to connect with the community.

"She has been an inclusive leader and a very active and engaged educator," McGillvray said. "She's out in the buildings every single day, meeting with teachers, meeting with families and students."

McGillvray also said Parra's leadership was crucial during the COVID-19 pandemic. He said she helped bring distance-learning education to students at home.

Before becoming superintendent, Parra worked in many public education roles dating back to 1989. She was an elementary and middle school teacher, an elementary and middle school principal, special service director, and assistant superintendent.

McGillvray said the district is now just starting the process to find a new superintendent. He said a committee will be formed. The district will take input from students, staff, and the community. There is no set timeline when a new superintendent will be found.

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