EDUCATION

WHS principal named Siskiyou Union superintendent

Will Duggan
Mike Matheson, file photo

Weed High School principal Mike Matheson was chosen as the new Siskiyou Union High School District Superintendent during a special Monday morning meeting of the board of trustees.

Matheson will replace Doug Squellati, who resigned two weeks ago.

Former superintendent Dick Holmes agreed to serve on an interim basis following Squellati’s departure until the board decided on a replacement.

“Fortunately we didn’t lose much time or make any unnecessary expenditures in our search for a replacement,” said board president George Winkelman. “It came together pretty quick. All things considered, we’re going to be in good shape. Mike is part of the community and here for the long haul. It’s going to be a smooth transition with Dick serving until August 1 when Mike officially starts as superintendent.”

Matheson is originally from Mendocino and believes in the value of small schools.

“I think there’s a lot of potential here that can be tapped into for the benefit of the students and the community at large,” Matheson said. “We need to access and celebrate all that we have going for us. My wife and I have two young children and really enjoy living in the area.”

One of Matheson’s long range goals was to work into a district administrative position.

“It came about a little sooner than I figured it might, but the timing and opportunity lined up so I decided to take the job when it was offered to me,” Matheson said. “I’m going to focus on making the district operate as efficiently and effectively as possible.”

Holmes, who has 37 years experience as an educator and administrator, said he is happy to help out in every way possible until Matheson assumes his full time duties in less than a month.