Superintendent Monthly Message (English)

Press Release                                                                                                 June 18, 2021

Changes In Dayton School District Leadership

The Dayton School District announces changes in administrative leadership for the 2021-2022 school year. Mike Solem will become the Director of Teaching and Learning, Sierra Nordahl will be the Special Programs Coordinator and Assistant Grade School Principal, Ed John will be the Interim Principal of Dayton Junior High/Senior High.

Mr. Solem has been the Dayton JH/SH Principal for the past two years. He will be the first Director of Teaching and Learning in the district and will direct instruction, curriculum and assessment k-12. He will also work to expand the Career Technical Education (CTE) programs in the district. Mike has over 30 years of educational experience and has a proven record of leading successful schools.

Ms. Nordahl has served as Special Programs Coordinator during the 2020-2021 school year and will be expanding her role to include assistant principal duties in the coming year. She is also charged with overseeing the summer school program and working to establish an after-school program at Dayton Grade School. She previously served as the structured learning classroom teacher at Dayton Grade School. Sierra has served 10 years in the Dayton School District.

Mr. John will be joining the Dayton School District as the Interim Principal of Dayton Junior High/ High School. He brings over 40 years of successful education experience to this role. He has served as Interim Principal at Silverton High School during the 2020-2021 school year. He is a retired administrator from the Salem-Keizer School District and opened West Salem High School in 2002 and served as WSHS Principal until retiring in 2014.

The search for the next permanent Dayton High School Principal will take place during the 2021-2022 school year. The District is planning a process that will involve students, staff, parents and community members to identify the characteristics and experiences that the new principal will possess.

We are planning a full reopening to all students on September 7, 2021. We will return to our normal school schedule with late start Mondays. You can find a copy of the 2021-2022 calendar on our website

Steven Sugg, D.Ed.


Dayton School District

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