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School Board Unanimously Appoints Interim Superintendent

Cydney Vandercar will serve as district leader in 2020–21

The Eugene School Board has appointed Cydney Vandercar interim superintendent of Eugene School District 4J for the 2020–21 school year. Ms. Vandercar currently serves as the district’s Assistant Superintendent for Administrative Services.

Board members voted unanimously on May 6 to approve Ms. Vandercar’s appointment to the position. The school board’s selection process included multiple opportunities for feedback from 4J’s three employee associations. The board also received public comment from numerous community members, nearly all with positive feedback, after Ms. Vandercar was identified as the finalist.

“Ms. Vandercar has a long history, deep knowledge, established relationships and unbounded caring for the Eugene School District and its students, staff and schools,” said board chair Anne Marie Levis. “She was identified as the finalist among a number of qualified and experienced administrators. We are gratified that she is willing to take on this one-year interim role for what will be a year full of opportunities and challenges as we emerge from the coronavirus crisis. Our district will need an experienced leader with heart to guide this important work for our students and our community.”

Ms. Vandercar grew up in Lane County and has been an educator and education leader in Eugene School District 4J for nearly 30 years, starting in 1992 as a substitute teacher, then as a math teacher for several years, before becoming a school administrator. She served as an assistant principal at South Eugene High School, principal at Spencer Butte and Cal Young middle schools, teacher workforce administrator, and human resources director. She holds a master’s degree in math education.

In her current role as assistant superintendent for administrative services, she oversees finance, human resources, nutrition services and public safety. Her recent experience includes pandemic response leadership, bringing the district’s school meal program in-house, collective bargaining, and bond planning.

“I’m humbled to have been chosen to serve the district and our community in this capacity,” Cydney Vandercar said. “As we carry forward with distance learning, school construction, and other important work in the face of the statewide shutdown and the budget impacts it may have, I look forward to engaging with students, staff and community to problem solve challenges and plan our next steps with creativity and care.”

“Teaching, learning and caring for students are the heart of our district’s work. I am confident we will work our way through these issues with hope and resilience, and with a constant focus on what is best for students. I am honored to lead that work.”

Superintendent Gustavo Balderas, who has led the district for the past five years, will depart in June to be superintendent of a larger school district near Seattle.

Ms. Vandercar will be the second woman to serve as superintendent in the 166 years since the district was founded in 1854.

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