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Parkrose, Reynolds officials head to Gladstone school that is getting its fourth principal since 2015

Gladstone School District officials have chosen two administrators to lead Kraxberger Middle School, Heather Baileywhich has had a series of new principals in the past few years.

Heather Bailey will be the Kraxberger principal in the upcoming school year, replacing Len Reed who was recruited by Tigard-Tualatin School District to the position of assistant director of human resources. Reed served as Kraxberger principal for two school years after taking over the position from Becky Lukens, who served only one school year following the 2015 retirement of longtime Kraxberger Principal Nancy Bailey (no relation to Heather Bailey).

Heather Bailey has been an educator for 22 years, serving as the principal of Butler Creek Elementary School in the Centennial School District during the past school year and from 2012-18 as principal of Russell Elementary School in the Parkrose School District, where she was credited with a dramatic turnaround of one of the worst-performing schools on standardized tests. Having earned a master's degree from Concordia University, she was a classroom teacher for 15 years before that.

Charlie Mikulski will be Kraxberger's new vice principal, replacing Jeff Waters, who was recruited by Portland Public Schools to an administrative position at Robert Gray Middle School. Mikulski has experience in administration, counseling and teaching. Originally from Wisconsin, he comes to Gladstone from the Reynolds School District, where he served as counselor, dean of students and assistant principal.

"Heather and Charlie bring a wealth of experience in teaching and learning, the social and emotional needs of adolescents, positive culture building, equitable practices, and team building," said Gladstone Superintendent Bob Stewart. "I expect our long history of growing great people to flourish under their leadership. Their combined experience will make them a dynamic team."

"I am excited to join the Gladstone School District," Heather Bailey said. "I have hit the ground running and feel so fortunate to join such a strong group of educators."


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