Former GAPS superintendent speaks out about firing

Fired school leader says different values behind ouster.

Posted: Aug 6, 2021 7:18 AM
Updated: Aug 6, 2021 9:47 AM

ALBANY, Ore. (AP) -- An ex-Oregon schools supterintendent says the people who ousted her never spoke to her, and the district's work on equity - which she championed - is now languishing.

Oregon Public Broadcasting reports board members at the Greater Albany Public Schools District fired Superintendent Melissa Goff soon after new members took over.

According to board chair Eric Aguinaga, Goff was fired because she had become a polarizing figure in the Albany community.

Goff says she was fired over differing values. The conflict is not the only example of recent friction between school administrators and elected school board members.

The Newberg School Board is facing pushback after announcing plans to repeal state policies aimed at equity.

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