IRRIGON - After six months as Morrow County Superintendent, Mark Burrows seems well on his way to helping the district move past some of the shakeups it experienced the last two years, School Board members said.

Burrows had his first evaluation from the Morrow County School Board during an executive session Monday. Executive sessions are closed to the public, but School Board members said afterward they were happy with the progress Burrows has made.

"I have high praise for the short time he's been here," said School Board member Barney Lindsay.

Burrows took over the position after it was left vacant by former superintendent Jack Crippen, who resigned more than a year ago after numerous clashes with the board over policy decisions.

After a lengthy search for a new superintendent that saw two of the leading candidates bow out of the race, Burrows, then a superintendent of the John Day School District, was given the job. Burrows said he feels the district is well on its way to healing some of the wounds left behind from recent years.

"We're making good progress, I think I have an excellent relationship with the board," he said. "I'm feeling good about the job I'm doing here, but there's more I want to do."

Members of the board expressed positive feedback for the superintendent from the community as well. One board member said Burrows was the only administrator he knew of that students recognized when he comes to campus.

"Number one, I have yet to receive a complaint from citizens or staff," said board chairman John Renfro. "He's done exactly what he's been asked to do. We're very pleased."

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