Parent Meetings Are Held Across The District Under The New Oregon City Superintendent

Beginning on September 16, Superintendent Dayle Spitzer has been visiting with parents and community members at schools throughout the district. Spitzer was chosen by the Oregon City School Board members to manage the school district beginning on July 1.

During the sessions, Spitzer wants to learn what the community and parents enjoy about the Oregon City School District, what may be changed, and how she can be most effective in her new leadership position.

Spitzer took over a district that was having trouble keeping teachers, as seen by data from the previous school year, which showed quadruple the usual number of resignations. According to the 2022 Oregon Statewide Assessment System, which tracks math, science, and English learning, student achievement has dramatically decreased since the start of the pandemic, which is another concern that is pervasive across the state.

Spitzer had been employed by the Hillsboro School District since 1993, most recently serving as an assistant superintendent before accepting the position in Orange County. Spitzer, who was born in Oregon City, then resided in Wilsonville, attended West Linn High School, and later graduated from the University of Oregon with a Ph.D. in education.

“My entire professional life has been devoted to removing barriers that prevent pupils from achieving high standards. I really believe that the community serves as the cornerstone for giving pupils that support “When asked why she wants to be the superintendent of Oregon City, she responded.

Spitzer’s career as an educator has included teaching in elementary and middle schools, as well as working as a special assignment instructor to enhance Kโ€“12 teaching methods and supervising beginning teachers.

Parent Meetings Are Held Across The District
Parent Meetings Are Held Across The District

She served as Minter Bridge Elementary School’s principal from 2007 to 2011. From 2011 until 2015, she was the executive director of Hillsboro’s elementary schools. She oversaw the district’s Pathways Center and high schools directly for four years, concentrating on graduation rates. Spitzer’s doctoral work concentrated on interactions with staff, respect, and Latino male students in secondary schools.

From July 2021 to June 2022, Kyle Laier served as Oregon City’s interim superintendent, taking over for Larry Didway, who resigned his position at OC earning roughly $170,000 per year to become the superintendent at Clackamas Education Service District earning $205,750 per year.

There will be further meet-and-greet opportunities with Spitzer planned for:

Tuesday, September 26

Beavercreek Elementary, 5:30โ€“6:30

Tumwata Middle School, 7-8 p.m.

Tuesday, October 4

Gardiner Middle School, from 5 to 6 p.m.

Oregon City Service Learning Academy, 6:30โ€“7:30 p.m.

Friday, October 8

– Redland Elementary, 5:30โ€“6:30

Holcomb Elementary, 7-8 p.m.

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