HERMISTON - The Hermiston School District may see a little or a lot of change in the near future.

On Tuesday, Superintendent Jerry Wilson announced the retirement of Deputy Superintendent Darce Driskel.

Wilson also said he will travel to Fort Collins, Colo., next week to interview for a superintendent job there. If he gets the job, he will leave Hermiston at the end of the school year.

"Hermiston has an outstanding school district, but when you're at this point in your career you start looking for professional growth," Wilson said, who is in his fifth year as superintendent.

Driskel will end his nine-year stint with the district at the end of the school year.

Special Programs Director Sheri Marlow will fill the deputy director position and Desert View Principal Mark Mulvihill will take Marlow's job, which will result in an open principal position, Wilson said.

Hermiston School Board Member Phil Hamm said the board has known of Driskel's impending departure and Wilson's job search for some time.

He declined to comment on details of the board's plan to replace the top-two administrators of the district's eight schools.

"Our school district is in a situation to have good leadership set up, in terms of administrative personnel, to move forward and continue doing good things," Hamm said. "We're hoping he (Wilson) will stay. If he goes, we'll do what we have to do."

Wilson is a superintendent candidate for the Poudre School District in Fort Collins, which has 24,000 students, according to its Web site. Hermiston has about 4,500.

Board Member Tom Ditton said he knew about Driskel's departure and knew Wilson was looking for other jobs.

"It's fair to say there are good people in this business that are always looking, and people are looking at them," Ditton said.

The district plans to fill Driskel's job from within, Wilson said.

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