North Clackamas schools leader delays retirement until 2021
North Clackamas Superintendent Matt Utterback is continuing in his position, as the school board this month approved a new timeline for searching for his replacement.
Last year, Utterback informed the school board he wanted retire at the end of the 2019-20 school year, but the pandemic halted his plans. In April, the board voted to suspend its search for Utterback's replacement and rescind the superintendent's retirement for the 2020-21 school year.
On Oct. 8, school board members voted unanimously to declare the superintendent position vacant effective July 1, 2021, and they approved a revised search timeline hoping to name Utterback's replacement in February 2021.
Utterback agreed to continue as superintendent through June, while meetings with constituents and stakeholders resume online to discuss replacement candidates. Superintendent hiring criteria were approved last January during public meetings, and NCSD officials hope to be able to meet finalist candidates in person this January in person after narrowing down a list of superintendent applicants through virtual interviews.
"Superintendent Utterback is going to be a hard role to follow," said School Board member Jena Benologa. "We've been so fortunate to have him at the helm of our district, and even more blessed the he was willing to stay on this year and help us navigate these challenging waters."
In his more than three decades of service to the district, Utterback rose from middle school science teacher to district superintendent starting in 2012.
During his tenure, Utterback coordinated a successful $433 million capital construction bond campaign in 2016 and a local operating levy in 2018 to hire teachers and reduce class sizes.
In recognition of his leadership, Utterback was named Oregon's 2017 Superintendent of the Year and the 2017 National Superintendent of the Year by the American Association of School Administrators.
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