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Beth Burton was one of two finalists for school district superintendent

Beth Burton, an educator with strong Northeast Oregon ties, will soon take the reins of the Imbler School District.

Burton has been selected as Imbler’s next superintendent by the district’s school board. On Friday, Burton signed a contract to serve as superintendent. The Imbler School Board will vote later this month on ratification of the contract. Burton was one of 12 applicants for the superintendent’s position. 

“We had a great pool to start with and are pretty excited about the one we picked,” said Imbler School Board chair Bill Merrigan.

Burton will become Imbler’s superintendent on July 1, succeeding Doug Hislop, who will retire at the end of June. He is completing his 10th year as Imbler’s superintendent and 43rd as an educator.

Burton is completing her third year as an educator with the Arlington School District, where she is the district test coordinator, the coordinator of its early college program, an English teacher and a guidance counselor. 

Burton speaks highly of what she has seen of the Imbler School District and its community.

“I’m very impressed with the community involvement,” she said. “It sounds like when there is a need, people step up.”

Burton grew up in Northeast Oregon, where she attended school in the Weston-McEwen School District from second through eighth grade. 

Burton was one of two finalists for the Imbler superintendent position, beating out Kenneth Cox, superintendent of the Vernonia School District, for the position.

Burton is a 2004 graduate of Washington State University, where she majored in English literature, and a 2008 graduate of George Fox University, where she earned a master’s degree in teaching.

The educator will be continuing a family tradition when she becomes superintendent on July 1. 

Burton’s father, Wayne Kostur, has many years of experience as a school superintendent and currently is the interim superintendent of the Stanfield School District. 

Burton’s mother, Ruth, is a retired teacher who taught for 42 years.

Beth Burton decided to pursue an education career after serving as a sheriff’s deputy in Multnomah County for 1-1/2 years. She was struck by how many of the inmates were unemployed because they could not read.

“That is when I realized that teaching is where it is at,” Burton said.

She is very happy that she decided to change her career path and become an educator.

“I feel a lot more fulfilled,” she said. 

Burton was interviewed by the Imbler School Board on March 3 and had meetings with school district staff and the community the same day. 

“She won over all three groups,” Hislop said.

Contact Dick Mason at 541-786-5386 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it Follow Dick on Twitter @lgoMason.


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