EAGLE POINT, Ore. — Following interviews with a number of highly-qualified candidates to replace Cynda Rickert as superintendent, the Eagle Point School District announced on Friday that it will elevate Eagle Point High School principal Andy Kovach to the position.
"After interviews with numerous candidates, reference checking and having the three finalists spend a day in our district meeting staff and community, Andy Kovach emerged as the right choice to be our next Superintendent," school board chair Dan Hodges said. "He has a proven record of success as Principal at Eagle Point High School and he felt like the right fit to take our district into the future."
Kovach was one of the three finalists chosen. The other two were EPSD's director of secondary education Kevin Campbell, and current Yamhill-Carlton School District superintendent Dr. Charan Cline.
Superintendent Rickert announced her coming retirement back in August. She will finish up her term at the helm on June 30 of this year. Kovach will take over on July 1.
Kovach has led Eagle Point High since 2017, overseeing a 10 percent increase in the school's graduation rate. The school has also expanded its CTE offerings.
Before joining EPSD, Kovach was superintendent for the Pendleton School District, and a principal at Ontario High School — overseeing a marked improvement for the latter of 30 percent for the school's reading scores and 23 percent for math, EPSD said.
"I am excited and honored to take up this position," Kovach said. "I am looking forward to working with all the district's schools and each of the communities that make up the district."
"Over the coming weeks and months, I will be working to get a better understanding of the needs and strengths of each of the district's schools," Kovach continued. "I intend to especially focus on improving math performance and developing communication with staff and patrons."