Letters from the Board

  • Riverdale School Board Interim Superintendent Search Update

    Posted by Riverdale School Board on 7/30/2021

    Friday, July 30

    Riverdale School Board Interim Superintendent Search Update

    Dear Riverdale Community,
    We write to update you on our Interim Superintendent Search. As a reminder, the District is being led temporarily by Acting Superintendent Sascha Perrins, who is on loan to us from the Multnomah Education Service District. The Board recently decided to pursue the hiring of an Interim Superintendent to lead the District so that we can act during their tenure to thoughtfully and deliberately conduct a full search for a Superintendent. The Board engaged the experienced and respected team at Human Capital Enterprises (HCE) to coordinate the Interim Superintendent Search.
    Last Saturday, the Board conducted a work study with Hank Harris and Robyn Bean of HCE to discuss options for the Interim Superintendent search. Topics included the search timeline, whether the Interim position will be one or two years, salary ranges, candidate background checks, and how to ensure community input. We encourage you to watch the meeting recording (linked above) to hear those details.  

    Public Engagement

    The Board is committed to engaging with the Riverdale community to deliberate toward hiring our district executive. All materials related to the search will be posted to the Riverdale website here. As always, we also welcome individual communications via phone or email and public comment at our Board meetings. 
    In addition, a group of community stakeholders will be convened (see list below), some by lottery (parents, students and a community member) and some by appointment (PTC Board members), to participate in candidate interviews. The Board is sincerely committed to an inclusive process and has adopted this structure in order to maximize and broaden community representation in this process. Several positions will be open to Riverdale students, parents, and community members. You and your student will be able to apply for these positions by following the instructions and completing the application included in the District Newsletter, which will be sent later today.
    Please note that you must be available on August 13th from 8:00 a.m - 5:00 p.m. for the virtual interviews. A community member lottery will be conducted by HCE on August 6th. The Board will play no role in the lottery process. Those selected will be announced on August 6th and will be thoroughly trained on interview procedures prior to the interviews. The final stakeholder committee list will be published publicly. 
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    Search Timeline 

    Thank you for your support and involvement as we move forward as a community to select our Interim Superintendent. 
    Your Riverdale School Board
    Carrie Spurlock, Chair
    Jeff Dominitz, Vice Chair
    Kevin McPherson, Director
    Joe Prats, Director
    Michele Rosenbaum, Director
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