Hull Could Remain If Job Search Bogs Down
Byline: Anne Williams The Register-Guard
If Bethel School District Superintendent Steve Hull can't land a job and doesn't want to leave come July 1, it appears that the school board will have no choice but to let him stay.
"We are bound to uphold the 2 1/2 -year contract," board Chairman Alan Laisure said after a closed session with legal counsel Monday night.
Laisure declined to elaborate further, and Hull - who did not attend the meeting - would not say whether he intends to resign if he can't find a new job.
"I'm working with the board on that particular issue right now," he said. "I really can't say more."
Hull announced earlier this month that he was job hunting, citing the bleak funding scenario for Oregon schools as the sole reason. He has applied for superintendent posts in Colorado and Washington state, and hopes to start a new job July 1.
Laisure said he and his board colleagues will do all they can to help him find the job he wants; in Monday's closed session, they were scheduled to review a draft letter of recommendation.
"I think it's in our best interests to make sure this happens smoothly for Steve," Laisure said. "Personally, I'd just as soon have Steve for as long as we can, because he's going to be working hard for us the whole time."
Hull, 54, earned high marks in his first job performance evaluation last July. Board members, who have expressed uniform disappointment with his decision, have praised Hull's work ethic, energy and sharp focus on raising student achievement. The district of nearly 5,700 students, located in far west Eugene, has seen significant gains on state assessment test scores at its elementary schools in recent years. …