Wood takes helm of school district

By Observer Upload April 11, 2013 02:33 pm

Mike Wood
Mike Wood
 

by DICK MASON / The Observer

 

UNION — Mike Wood, an educator whose skills outside of academia include an ability to fly radio-controlled model airplanes, is coming out of retirement to pilot the Union School District.

Wood, who earlier headed the Union School District for 13 years, was named its interim superintendent Wednesday at a meeting of the school board. Wood will serve as interim superintendent through the end of June.

 

He is stepping in for Jon St. Germaine, who succeeded Wood as superintendent in July of 2011. St. Germain announced on March 19 that he will resign at the end of June for medical reasons. St. Germaine has been on medical leave since mid February and will remain on it through the end of June. He told The Observer on March 20 that his medical problems are not life threatening but are lifestyle threatening.

The absence of a superintendent the past two months has placed the Union School District staff under stress, forcing dedicated employees in all parts of the district to take on added responsibilities. 

School board members said Wednesday they were thankful to have Wood back at the helm.

“It is a blessing that he is willing to come back and help us,” Ron Bruce said. “He is organized, transparent factual and goal oriented.”

Wood was officially named interim superintendent on Wednesday but actually started working six days earlier. He had already made a difference in that short time.

Wood will serve as superintendent through the end of June.

Wood was first named superintendent in 1998 and served until he retired in June of 2011. He has 27 years of experience with the school district after joining it in 1984 as a high school English teacher. Wood became principal of Union Elementary School in the early 1990s, a position he retained while serving as superintendent from 1998 to 2011.

Wood came to Union High School in 1984 after teaching in the Alsea School District. 

Wood said he is stepping forward in part because of a sense of obligation to the people of the school district. He has said many times he is grateful for the career opportunities the school district gave him.