Interim Superintendent Search
Internal Stakeholders RGS Classified Suzanne Bevier RGS Licensed Shar Hunter RHS Classified Cheryl Wright RHS Licensed Laura Keldorf RTA (Appointed) Adam McClain Admin (Appointed) Kerri Smith D.O. Staff (Appointed) Chrisie Patrick External Stakeholders Grade School PTC Board Alexia dePottere-Smith High School PTC Board Wendy Domreis Parent - Grade School, In District Kathy Fitzgibbon Parent - RHS - Out of district Jenn Brian High School Student Max Jones High School Student Brendan Vasanth Community Member Carrie Gentry
Friday, July 30
Riverdale School Board Interim Superintendent Search UpdateDear 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 EngagementThe 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.
Search TimelineThank you for your support and involvement as we move forward as a community to select our Interim Superintendent.Sincerely,Your Riverdale School BoardCarrie Spurlock, ChairJeff Dominitz, Vice ChairKevin McPherson, DirectorJoe Prats, DirectorMichele Rosenbaum, Director
Tuesday, July 20
District Leadership Hiring UpdateAt a Special Board Meeting last night, the Board voted to engage Human Capital Enterprises, a well-respected school staffing consultancy, to lead us in the expedited hiring of an Interim Superintendent, as a first step toward searching for a long-term superintendent. We acknowledged the desire to bring on an experienced leader as an Interim Superintendent who can help us look at improving administrator and staff retention in order to inform the search for a long-term Superintendent. We are committed to engaging the Riverdale community throughout this process by keeping you fully informed via communications, public meetings and participation in interviews. To learn more details about the hiring process and how to get involved, please tune in to our Board Work Study this Saturday, July 24 at 8 a.m.As we work to fill current leadership openings, Multnomah Education Service District (MESD) is supporting Riverdale with important technical services. MESD serves all school districts in Multnomah County with a variety of programs, including academic supports, special education programming, communication services, business services and other administrative supports. Sascha Perrins, MESD Assistant Superintendent, will serve as Riverdale's Acting Superintendent and can be reached at email@example.com.
or.us. We are grateful to Sascha for lending his professionalism and experience to Riverdale this summer.Human Capital Enterprises will also assist with the selection process for hiring Principals for RGS and RHS. Hiring of Principals is a Superintendent-led process, and Sascha is working collaboratively with the Board during this unique time at Riverdale. The positions are currently posted with the goal of hiring new principals in the coming weeks to be ready for the opening of school.