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Superintendent Balderas Leaving 4J School District For New Opportunity

Brian Bull

After five years and winning several accolades – including 2020 National Superintendent of the Year – Gustavo Balderas is leaving Eugene 4J Schools.

The Edmonds School District in Washington State has announced an offer to Balderas to become its new superintendent.  He’s expected to start July 1st.

The new venue will be larger than Eugene’s.  There are roughly 22,000 students in the Edmonds District, compared to nearly 17,000 at 4J.

Last fall, Balderas was the first Latino to be recognized as Oregon Superintendent of the Year.  He’s earned praise for increasing graduation rates for Eugene schools, and improving diversity among the 4J administration.

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Brian Bull is an assistant professor of journalism at the University of Oregon, and remains a contributor to the KLCC news department. He began working with KLCC in June 2016.   In his 27+ years as a public media journalist, he's worked at NPR, Twin Cities Public Television, South Dakota Public Broadcasting, Wisconsin Public Radio, and ideastream in Cleveland. His reporting has netted dozens of accolades, including four national Edward R. Murrow Awards (22 regional),  the Ohio Associated Press' Best Reporter Award, Best Radio Reporter from  the Native American Journalists Association, and the PRNDI/NEFE Award for Excellence in Consumer Finance Reporting.
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