On Monday, March 19, South Eugene High School’s Principal, Andy Dey, announced that he will no longer be the principal after this school year. He will be taking up the position of district director of secondary instruction beginning July 1. He will be taking over for BJ Blake, who is retiring.
Dey will oversee and direct curriculum, extracurricular activities, instruction, alternative education, supervising and mentoring middle and high school principals, making sure that each student graduates as part of his duties for the middle and high schools in the 4J district.
Dey has assured parents and students, via email, that the school district has already begun a national search to find a principal who is the right fit for South.
4J district Superintendent Gustavo Balderas praised Dey as being highly qualified for the job due to his broad background and experience.
“Andy is an experienced education administrator who will bring a strong skill set to this new role, including excellent communication. In his three years as principal of South Eugene, he has met a number of challenging situations — such as the recent ‘Axemen’ team name controversy — with great poise, and addressed issues with confidence, collaboration and clear communication,” Balderas said. “He is a focused and passionate leader for educational excellence, working with staff and community to find ways to ensure that all students are successful. He will be an asset to the district in this key role.”
Dey will be missed, but many are thrilled at this new opportunity for him to make an impact on the district as a whole.
“I have to say, I’m very devastated that he’s leaving. He has been a supportive administrator, and I’ve learned a lot from him. He’s also a former AP Biology teacher, so he can offer me, as a science teacher, a lot of really meaningful feedback,” South Eugene High School science teacher Dani Tubman said. “I’m very happy, though, that he’s staying in our district, and I think he really gets it and is going to put students first, all the time no matter where he goes.”