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Statement signed by Tim Cook, Mark Meek, Martha Schrader, Adam Marl, Denyse McGriff, Victoria Meinig, Kevin Yell, Ben James, Bob Stewart, Doug Neeley, Alice Norris, Kathy Ludwig, Sonya Fischer

As community leaders who have worked with Larry Didway, outgoing Oregon City School District superintendent, we commend the Clackamas Education Service District (ESD) Board for selecting him as their next superintendent.

Didway exemplifies the kind of leader we need for our schools and in Clackamas County. We know that leadership during these difficult times takes an extra measure of courage — to speak up for marginalized individuals and communities and to advocate for educational excellence for all. He's been a role model for us.

After nearly 30 years of dedicated service to Oregon City School District, Didway will use his community-building skills and educational expertise in serving Clackamas ESD during this challenging time.

Like all great educators, Didway is a skilled and visionary motivator, who leads by example and has earned the respect of his community while never losing sight of the individual students and families in his care.

As our colleague changes roles, we wish him well and are grateful that we will continue to benefit from his shared vision and professionalism.

PMG PHOTO: RAYMOND RENDLEMAN - At the Juneteenth celebration, Superintendent Larry Didway and Unite Oregon City's Heidi Blackwell celebrate that all 13 of the district's schools have pledged to participate in the No Place for Hate program through the Anti-Defamation League to eliminate bias and bullying.

Tim Cook, Clackamas Community College president; Mark Meek, HD 40 state representative; Martha Schrader, Clackamas County commissioner; Adam Marl, Oregon City commissioner; Denyse McGriff, Oregon City commissioner; Victoria Meinig, CEO, Oregon City Chamber of Commerce; Kevin Yell, Clackamas County Arts Alliance; Ben James, Elevate Wealth; Bob Stewart, Gladstone School District superintendent; Doug Neeley, former Oregon City mayor; Alice Norris, former Oregon City mayor; Kathy Ludwig

West Linn-Wilsonville School District superintendent; Sonya Fischer, Clackamas County commissioner


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