Goetz resigns from SH school district

Sean C. Morgan

Dave Goetz signed a resignation agreement as human resources, transportation and maintenance supervisor at the Sweet Home School District on Feb. 23.

He resigned for personal reasons, said Supt. Keith Winslow. The resignation comes with an agreement not to discuss the circumstances leading to the resignation.

Goetz had been on paid administrative leave since Feb. 3.

Under the agreement, Goetz will remain on paid leave until the end of April, and July 1 will be the effective resignation date, Winslow said.

The agreement has no further provisions for compensation, Winslow said.

Goetz was named in an unfair labor practices complaint filed by the school district’s classified union on Dec. 4.

The ULP accused Goetz of unlawful surveillance of union activity, interfering with the administration of the association and leading to fear of retaliation for engaging in protected union activity, causing the cancellation of a union meeting and chilling union activity.

“The union is going to withdraw the ULP,” Winslow said. “And the district will end up paying the filing fee for that ($300).

“We will also work with the classified union to bring in some outside mediation to help us get back together as a team working for the same purpose, which is transporting kids safely and educating them the best we can.”

Business Manager Kevin Strong is handling human resources duties, while Winslow is supervising maintenance and transportation.

Goetz has been an employee of District 55 since 2006, when he became vice principal and athletic director at Sweet Home High School. He served as vice principal and athletic director at Sweet Home Junior High School before becoming human resources, maintenance and transportation supervisor.

He came to Sweet Home from St. Helens School Distict, where he was K-12 coordinator for education programs and special projects. He was assistant principal at St. Helens High School from 2001 to 2005. His first administration position was as assistant principal at Siuslaw High School in Florence in 2000. Previously, he taught physical education and health at Sutherlin High School.