Board chooses Carpenter as district leader
Ryan Carpenter has been hired as superintendent of the Estacada School District through 2021.
During a meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 8, school board members unanimously voted to hire Carpenter, who had previously been serving as interim superintendent, as the district's permanent leader.
"Ryan has been doing an outstanding job," said school board Chairman Ben Wheeler during the meeting. "(The district) is working in the right direction. Overall, there's a much better feeling in the community."
Carpenter, who was previously principal of Estacada High School, was hired as interim superintendent earlier this year after Marla Stephenson announced her retirement.
"My heart is truly in this district," Carpenter said during the Nov. 8 meeting. "As a new superintendent, I'm thankful to have a deep knowledge of the district and to have established relationships."
Carpenter was principal at Estacada High School from 2015-17, and prior to that, he had taught social studies at the school since 2009.
School board member Rochelle Shibahara praised Carpenter for what he had accomplished during his tenure as interim superintendent.
"I'm really grateful for all you've been doing these past few months. We've had huge progress, especially with communication," she told him during the Nov. 8 meeting. One of Carpenter's decisions as interim superintendent was to hire a communications coordinator to strengthen both internal and external communication for the district.
School board member Jeromy Adamson noted that he appreciated the team of fellow leaders Carpenter had assembled.
"You're fresh as a superintendent, and I'm impressed with the team you've built around you," he commented during the meeting. "It's important to build that team around you."
Carpenter added that he believes having a strong leadership team is valuable for the school district and the students it serves.
"It's a team game," he said. "(To do) the heavy lifting for the kids is going to take a team."
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