Gelman has served as a high school principal at schools in Beaverton and Springfield, Oregon

North Clackamas School District officials have selected Carmen Gelman as the transitional principal for Milwaukie High School.

Carmen GelmanOn Feb. 20, Gelman will start working alongside MHS Principal Mark Pinder, who will retire at the end of the 2017-2018 school year.

Gelmam will come to MHS from Inflexion, formally known as the Education Policy and Improvement Center, where she is the school partnerships director. In this capacity, she has focused on assisting school districts adopt equitable school practices, and developing systems designed to address students' needs holistically.

Additionally, she has served as a high school principal at schools in Beaverton and Springfield, Oregon. As a school administrator in Corvallis from 2004-2013, she gained experience collaborating with social service agencies to provide wrap-around services and working with gang-affected youth. She obtained an $870,000 21st Century Grant for after-school programs, resulting in dramatically increased attendance rates and reduction of suspension rates.

MHS's four-year graduation rate went down slightly, from 76.1 to 73.3 between the 2014-15 and 2015-16 school years. It bounced back up to 77.8 percent graduating in four years for the cohort graduating in 2017, driven largely by gains made among the school's large Hispanic/Latino population.

North Clackamas officials say that Gelman, as a leader in Advancement Via Individual Determination's college-readiness program, has demonstrated an ability to develop the relationships with students, staff, families and community members needed to improve academic performance and reduce suspensions.

"Fluent in Spanish and holding a master's of science [degree] in educational leadership, Ms. Gelman is well positioned to help usher MHS into its next phase, which will include navigating MHS through its upcoming $77 million modernization," said Jonathan Hutchison. "NCSD welcomes Ms. Gelman and looks forward to her leadership in helping all MHS students prepare for the demands of college, career and life."

An upcoming event at MHS will offer the public a last chance to tour the historic school before the beloved Art Deco building is razed this summer and reconstructed. Free refreshments and documents showing the school's rich history, which included a visit from John F. Kennedy, will be available from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 3, at 2301 S.E. Willard St., Milwaukie.

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