The superintendent of the Woodburn School District is leaving his post to join the state Department of Education, where he will try to improve programs for children who speak English as a second language.
David Bautista has led the heavily Latino district since 2010. Earlier in his career, he directed the bilingual, migrant education and English as a second language programs in both the Woodburn and Salem-Keizer school districts.
Deputy Superintendent Rob Saxton said Tuesday that Bautista has the expertise to help Oregon close the achievement gap faced by students who are trying to improve their English while simultaneously learning academic subjects.
Bautista will start his new job in April.