Coquille Superintendent named Oregon Superintendent of the Year

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The spotlight is on the superintendent of schools in Coquille.

Tim Sweeney has always said "it's a great time to be in Coquille," and now that statement rings true for himself, in more ways than one.

Sweeney has been named the 2019 Oregon's superintendent of the year by the Confederation of Oregon School Administrators .

"It's a very humbling thing to be recognized at this level by your peers," he said, still reeling from the August 27th announcement at a staff welcome breakfast.

Sweeney was nominated by Wayne Gallagher, director of special programs for the district. Gallagher said that the superintendent deserves the honor.

"I think he has brought in some changed leadership into this district and really moved it forward," he said.

As part of that change, Sweeney has been a leader in establishing early education to help students and parents.

"We don't say no, when people come to us with an idea, we don't reject it.," Sweeney said. "We have early learning for parents, we try to support our families as much as possible."

Michael Warncke is the art and drama teacher at Coquille Junior and Senior High School. He said it is a "terrific way to start the new school year."

"I've been nothing but pleased to work under this administration," said Warnke. "I've been inspired and encouraged by Tim Sweeney."

As part of the honor, Sweeney and the other state superintendents will meet with U.S. Secretary of Education, Betsy deVos in Washington, D.C. Sweeney said, if given the chance, he wants to promote the importance of small school districts and early education.

The Oregon School Board Association will honor him with an official plaque and ceremony in November. He is eligible to be the national superintendent of the year. If won, it would be announced at a February conference in Los Angeles.

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