Kyle Laier named interim leader of Oregon City School District
At a special meeting Tuesday, June 1, Oregon City School Board members selected Assistant Superintendent Kyle Laier as the school district's interim superintendent, effective July 1.
Laier will replace Larry Didway, who has accepted a position as the superintendent of the Clackamas Education Service District.
Laier was selected as Oregon City's assistant superintendent starting in the 2018-19 school year, in part to establish a superintendent succession plan. Board members said appointing Laier as interim superintendent for the 2021-22 school year will provide stability for the continued operation of the district and give adequate time for the them to complete a thorough search process for a permanent replacement to begin July 2, 2022.
Laier has spent most of his career with Oregon City schools, starting in 2003 at Ogden Middle School, where he taught social studies.
"Kyle is a visionary leader; he has led the effort to transform our middle schools through the bond process. He has worked with the community to create learning environments that meet the social-emotional needs of middle schoolers as well as increase the academic rigor through design thinking and inquiry-based learning," said Martha Spiers chair of the OCSD Board of Directors. "His commitment to and knowledge of the Oregon City community will allow us to provide unwavering service to our families and students as we navigate a year of transition."
Laier said he's "honored and humbled to be appointed" as the interim superintendent.
"Additional student support services funded by the Student Investment Account, new innovative spaces providing increased learning opportunities funded by the 2018 bond, increased diversity among our school leaders, and lessons learned from the challenges of the past year have us lined up for a great return to school this fall," Laier said.
After serving as a teacher, Laier was principal at King Elementary School, then taking the helm at the Clackamas Academy of Industrial Sciences, where he sought partnerships with the county's manufacturing businesses. He left Oregon City for a short period of time to be the principal at Newberg High School and returned to Oregon City as the assistant superintendent in 2018.
Laier holds a master's degree in education from the University of Portland, where he also earned his bachelor's in secondary education. In addition, he holds an administrative credential from Lewis & Clark College.
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