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Canby School District has promoted two of its own staff members to fill key leadership roles next year.

Canby High School has tabbed Cari Sloan, current associate principal, to take on the new leadership role when Principal Greg Dinse retires at the end of the school year.

Andy McKean is slated to become the district human resources director. He replaces Michelle Riddell, who has accepted the same position closer to home in the North Clackamas School District this summer.

Sloan has served as associate principal for five years at the high school. Prior to that, she taught English language arts and served as the dean of students at Aloha High School in Beaverton.

COURTESY PHOTO: CANBY SCHOOL DISTRICT - Cari Sloan, current associate principal, will take on the top administrator role at Canby High School next year.

"I'm honored to serve as the next principal of Canby High School," Sloan said. "I look forward to partnering with students, staff and the community to build upon the strong tradition of excellence. Roll Cougs!"

Prior to making a decision, leaders sought input from high school staff, parents, the community, and students. Staff, parents and the community agreed the high school needs a strong instructional leader with high academic standards, according to Director of Communications Kristen Wohlers. They also wanted to see an excellent communicator and someone who creates a safe, welcoming environment for all. Students hoped for someone who would develop strong connections.

"We believe Cari checks all of those boxes," Wohlers said, "and she is excited to get to know the community in a new way."

District leaders are also confident in their decision to promote McKean, who has worked in the field of education for more than 20 years.

COURTESY PHOTO: CANBY SCHOOL DISTRICT - Current Eccles Elementary Principal Andy McKean will become the district's human resources director.

"He is highly respected in the district, and one of his many strengths is hiring and managing staff," Wohlers said. "Also, his relational skills are essential for a position like this. We are excited for him to join the district office team and expand his impact."

The shift will mark a significant transition for the Eccles community, which has thrived under McKean's leadership for almost a decade.

"It has been my honor to serve as the principal at Eccles," McKean said. "I will forever be grateful to the staff, students and community of Eccles for supporting me and shaping me into the leader I am today. It is my hope that by serving as the HR director in Canby, I will be able to support the hard-working educators of our school district as they endeavor daily to teach our incredible students."

Canby School District will begin searching for replacements for the two staffers right away.


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