Union superintendent stepping down

By Dick Mason, The Observer March 21, 2013 08:34 am

Jon St. Germaine resignation to be effective June 30 for medical reasons 

by Dick Mason/The Observer

UNION — The Union School District will soon be searching for a new superintendent.

The school board accepted a letter of resignation from Superintendent Jon St. Germaine Tuesday night. St. Germaine said in his letter that he will resign for medical reasons on June 30. 

St. Germaine has been on medical leave since mid February and said this morning he will remain on medical leave for the remainder of the school year. He said that during this time he will be available to assist the school district if needed. 

St. Germaine said that his medical issues are not putting his life at risk. 

“They are not life threatening but they are lifestyle threatening,” he said. “I’m not able to do all of the things I could in the past.”

St. Germaine came to Union in 2011 from the Alsea School District in Western Oregon. He had served as Alsea superintendent for three years.

The educator said that he and his family have enjoyed their time in Union.

“My wife (Jeanne) and children have been amazed at the generosity and kindness of the community. It is an incredible place to live,” St. Germaine said. 

He also said he has been impressed with the school district’s teachers and staff. 

“They are very giving to the kids of Union. They always put the students first,” St. Germaine said.

The educator said that he and his family hope to stay in Union if they can. 

“We would love to stay here,”
St. Germaine said.

The educator said that one thing which could make this difficult is that his family still owns a home in the Corvallis area.

St. Germaine succeeded Mike Wood as Union superintendent. Wood served as head of the Union School District for 14 years.

St. Germaine was not at Tuesday’s board meeting. School board member Mark Wing told the school district staff members at the meeting that he and everyone on the board appreciate how people have taken on additional work during the time St. Germaine has been on medical leave.

“I want to thank everyone for stepping in. Everyone on the board probably appreciates what you have done more than we have told you,” Wing said.