4J school board unanimously approves interim superintendent

Board members voted unanimously Wednesday night to approve Cydney Vandercar appointment after naming her as the finalist on Tuesday.

Posted: May 6, 2020 10:17 PM
Updated: May 7, 2020 10:43 AM

EUGNE, Ore. -- On Wednesday night, the Eugene School Board appointed Cydney Vandercar interim superintendent of the 4J district for the 2020–21 school year.

Vandercar grew up in Lane County and has worked in Eugene School District 4J for nearly 30 years.

She served as an assistant principal at South Eugene High School, principal at Spencer Butte and Cal Young middle schools, teacher workforce administrator, and human resources director.

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“I’m humbled to have been chosen to serve the district and our community in this capacity,” says Cydney Vandercar. “As we carry forward with distance learning, school construction, and other important work in the face of the statewide shutdown and the budget impacts it may have, I look forward to engaging with students, staff and community to problem solve challenges and plan our next steps with creativity and care. Teaching, learning and caring for students are the heart of our district’s work. I am confident we will work our way through these issues with hope and resilience, and with a constant focus on what is best for students. I am honored to lead that work.”

Superintendent Gustavo Balderas, who has held the title for the past five years, will leave in June to be superintendent of a larger school district near Seattle.

Vandercar will be the second woman to serve as superintendent in the 166 years since the district was founded in 1854.

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