Oak Ridge principal promoted

By From page A1 | March 20, 2013

The El Dorado Union High School District has promoted Oak Ridge High School Principal Stephen Wehr to assistant superintendent for human resources.  He will replace Assistant Superintendent Stevie (Stephanie) Clark, who is retiring.

The district interviewed three finalists during its second tier of interviews.

“Our very stringent two-tier interview process allows for the strongest candidate to emerge. It is important that the individual we hire not only have the overall skills we look for, but a belief system that aligns as well,” said Superintendent Christopher Hoffman.  “Steve is known to the district and well-respected by students, staff, and community members.  The Board of Trustees is confident that his transition to a cabinet position will be seamless, and we all look forward to his joining us in July.”

As principal at Oak Ridge High, Wehr joined the El Dorado Union High School District in October 2004 coming from Center High School in Antelope where he served nine years as principal. Prior to that he was assistant principal, dean of student services, athletic director, social studies teacher, and department chair, worked with parent support groups, community supporters, and oversaw the development of a new high school.

At Oak Ridge, Wehr projects resulting from the voter-approved Measure Q bond that provided renovation to the performing arts center, including a new manufacturing engineering lab, the addition of Smart boards and the upgrade of technology infrastructure, among other projects.

“Although all of these things are very important to support student learning, more importantly, however, our emphasis on student achievement is at an all-time high,” Wehr said.

Oak Ridge has the highest Academic Performance Index score in the region and has been recognized as both a California Distinguished School and a Blue Ribbon School.

“I am so proud of our school, both students and teachers. I also thank the community for their support in helping to make this school all that it is. Our continued hard work, rigorous curriculum and accountability, supported by the entire school community, has helped build an academic culture that is where it needs to be — focused on our students.  I will certainly miss the kids, but I look forward, after 30 years, to a new frontier,” Wehr said.

Wehr will shift to the district office July 1. Meanwhile the district is seeking a new principal for Oak Ridge before it opens again next August.

Michael Raffety

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