WARRENTON - When the Warrenton-Hammond School Board was voting to approve resignations at Tuesday's board meeting, a stray "nay" was heard from the audience.

But reluctance from a supporter could not prevent Warrenton High School Principal Cathy Gach from resigning, effective Friday.

"I just want to thank you for what you've done for the school and the community," board Chairman Greg Bosin said.

Gach will be leaving as the district shuffles and eliminates positions to make up for budget shortfalls.

"I've been in this district for 10 years and even when the economy in the state was good, we were reducing," she said. "It's an opportunity for professional growth - something the smallness of the Coast doesn't always offer."

She will move to north Orange County, where she will be a principal at Fullerton Union High School - a school of about 2,000 students and a 125-person staff. Although her husband already owns a townhouse in Orange County, she said "it's a huge move."

She said she will miss the people and environment of Northwest Oregon.

Superintendent Craig Brewington said he doesn't have anyone lined up for the position. "At best, looking at the middle of August before you could get people organized to get interviews done," he said.

Board member Leslie Shepherd asked Gach: "Are you going to leave good notes?"

"I am the binder queen," Gach responded. "Every function, everything I could think of, is organized in a binder in my office so there is fingertip reference."

- Jennifer Collins