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Dayton public schools are the heart of Dayton, Oregon.  Dayton School District is located in western Oregon’s Mid-Willamette Valley, between McMinnville and Newberg, and serves approximately 1,000 students in a grade school, junior high, and high school.  The school district draws people into the community who want a strong educational system with a rural sense of caring and teamwork.


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Dayton School Board names finalists for school's next superintendent

After completing an extensive multi-state search, the Dayton School District Board of Directors is pleased to announce three finalists have been selected for further consideration to be the next Superintendent of Dayton with a term beginning July 1, 2020. The finalists were selected from a field of 22 applicants. The board and screening committee thoroughly reviewed the applications and the board has conducted initial interviews of several candidates with the screening committee observing and providing feedback. The selected finalists are:

Daniel Busch
Mr. Daniel Busch is the Assistant Superintendent at Silver Falls School District in Silverton, Oregon. He has 18 years of administrative experience in education. He has a master’s degree in education from the University of Portland. Mr. Busch completed his administrative licensure program at Portland State University.

Brian Recht

Mr. Brian Recht is the Interim Superintendent at Dayton School District in Dayton, Oregon. He has 19 years of administrative experience in education including fourteen years as a superintendent in Laramie, Wyoming and Denver, Colorado. Mr. Recht has a doctorate degree in educational leadership from the University of La Verne, a master’s degree in education from Fresno Pacific University and a master’s degree in music from the University of Southern California.

Steven Sugg
Mr. Steven Sugg has 20 years of administrative experience including seven as the current superintendent in Sheridan School District. He has a doctorate in educational methodology, policy and leadership from the University of Oregon and a master’s degree in advanced mathematics education from Western Oregon State College. Mr. Sugg completed his administrative licensure program at Portland State University.

The school board will begin background checks for the finalists over the next few weeks. The inquiries will include telephone reference checks and site visits. After the background checks are completed, the school board will invite each finalist for a "day in the district” on Thursday, February 27, 2020. At that time school district staff and members of the community will have an opportunity to meet the candidates. The staff/community forum will start at 6:00 pm in the Dayton Fire Hall.


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Budget Committee Vacancies

The Dayton School District Board of Directors is currently seeking qualified applicants to fill four vacancies on the District Budget Committee. The School Board will appoint these positions.

·         Position #2: Vacant – term expires 6/30/2021

·         Position #4: Vacant – term expires 6/30/2022

·         Position #5: Vacant – term expires 6/30/2022

·         Position #6: Vacant – term expires 6/30/2021

The Budget Committee plays a vital role in assisting the district and the community in reviewing the proposed budget each spring before the proposal is presented for adoption. Requirements for the positions are: must be a registered voter in the Dayton School District; must not be an officer or employee of the Dayton School District.

Interested individuals are invited to submit an application. 


Please click the links below to access the calendar and application for the Dayton School District Budget Committee.

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