Hermiston schools chief retiring

Retiring Hermiston School District administrators Darce Driskel and Sherie Marlow.

By Luke Hegdal

Staff writer

HERMISTON — Superintendent Darce Driskel and Assistant Superintendent Sheri Marlow will announce plans to retire at Tuesday's School Board Meeting.

Driskel and Marlow are making the announcement now in an effort to give the school board time to find replacements before they officially retire in 2007.

Both plan to finish the school year.

Driskel said he has enjoyed his tenure, but said that he will be 61 this year and its time to retire.

For over 35 years Driskel has worked in education, and he was twice named the Administrator of the Year for the Hermiston School District. He began his tenure as superintendent for the 2005-2006 school year, succeeding Jerry Wilson.

Driskel has been with the district since 1996. He has been in education for more than 35 years. His first teaching job was in Post Falls, Idaho teaching social studies and physical education, where he grew up.

Prior to coming to Hermiston, Driskel served as superintendent in Pilot Rook and Long Creek. A former basketball coach, Driskel has been named as Coach of the Year and served as Oregon Small Schools Association president.

Driskel earned a reputation within the district as an effective administrator who treated district employees with respect.

When he was first named Administrator of the Year, school board member Phil Hamm noted Driskel's abilities and skills on a personal level.

"From my perspective, Darce brings a number of things to the table," Hamm noted. "He is friendly, courteous and genuinely interested in the people who work for the district."

Most of Marlow's nearly 30-year career has been in the Hermiston school district, and included a four-year tenure as the principal of Rocky Heights Elementary.

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