The five-member Riverdale School Board is the policy-making body of our school district. It is responsible for providing an educational program for students living within the district.
To accomplish its role, the board:
All Riverdale School Board regular meetings begin at 6 p.m. and are open to the public. Meetings are held at the Riverdale Grade School Library, unless otherwise noted. Public participation time is scheduled at the end of each regular meeting to allow community members the opportunity to share information or concerns about educational issues.
In addition to the regular meetings, the board has scheduled work study sessions. Work study sessions are special meetings in which the board meets but does not intend to take any action. Work sessions enable the board to gather information and discuss and review various aspects of an issue. Like regular meetings, work study sessions are open to the public. These meetings are held at the Riverdale Grade School Commons, unless otherwise noted, and typically begin at 4:30 p.m.
Determines the long range direction of the district
Establishes policies that direct the instructional and support programs
Communicates with the community
Employs and evaluates the superintendent
Negotiates with employee groups to determine salaries and benefits
Carrie was elected to the Board in May, 2019. This is her second year serving as Board Chair. She is a real estate broker with Windermere Realty Trust in Lake Oswego and is a licensed attorney (in California) with a background in public service and communications. She also serves on the Board at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry. She has been actively involved in all things Riverdale since moving to the district in 2014. Email Carrie Spurlock here.
Vice Chair | Seat 1 | Term July 2021 - June 2025
Since moving into the Riverdale School District in 2013, Jeff has been deeply involved in the Riverdale school community as a parent of three, a volunteer in the classroom and on the ball fields, and a member of various volunteer committees. A Ph.D. economist, Jeff has spent his professional career working to help households, businesses, and governmental organizations make better decisions. As principal researcher at a nonprofit, he worked with school districts and states across the country to help them respond to Covid-19. His research findings have been cited in hundreds of publications, including leading journals of economics, econometrics, statistics, and survey methods as well as a decision of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.
Joe has been part of the Riverdale school community for the past 12 years with his wife, Michelle, and their children, Mercedes and Seve. Joe has served on the board since 2014 and has been involved with the Riverdale Foundation since 2011. Joe is CEO of APR Staffing; a talent acquisition and staffing firm providing information technology, engineering, technician and administrative professional resources.
Kevin and his wife, Dimati, originally joined the Riverdale School District community in 2008 as an out-of-district family. His oldest daughter, Shayla, is a graduate of RHS and is currently at the University of Southern California. His youngest daughter, Kendra, is a student at RHS. Kevin has been an active member of the Riverdale Community, coaching girls basketball at RGS since 2010. Kevin is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley and is currently a Regional Director for Fidelity Institutional Asset Management.
Michele chose Riverdale in 2008 and has actively volunteered in many roles with the Riverdale community. Counting four children and an exchange student, she has cared for five students in RGS and/or RHS - Jack, Aiden, Sarah, Hanna and Elisa. After graduating from the University of California at Los Angeles, Michele worked in real estate and owned a fashion retail/design small business. Michele also represents Riverdale on the Oregon School Boards Association Members of Color Caucus, the Multnomah Education Service District Equity Team and at the Asian American Youth Leadership Conference. Michele now works as an artist, advisor and freelance creative primarily in photography and painting. She hopes to again host an exchange student for a year when her sons attend Riverdale High School.