Banks hires Beaverton administrator as superintendent
The Banks School District has hired Brian Sica as superintendent.
Sica replaces Jeff Leo, who resigned earlier this year and plans to return to a teaching position.
"Jeff is going back to his true love, teaching. He will be teaching math and coaching volleyball at Forest Grove High School next year. He is still working in Banks until June 30," District Office Manager Marlo Mosser said in an email.
Sica was most recently an administrator in the Beaverton School District.
According to a news release, the board of directors screened 31 applications.
According to the Oregon Department of Education data from 2021, Banks had 1,014 students, compared to over 39,000 in Beaverton. The data also showed in both districts, 80% of ninth-graders were on track to graduate in four years, above the state average of 74%
"It's not like they don't have a community in a district like Beaverton, but the size lends itself to the opportunity to involve the community closely with the school system. It was clear in some conversations I've already had with students that the whole district essentially knows each other," Sica said. "Really, the challenges are going to be based around resources. We will need to be creative and work together with our state-funded money, and then be creative and collaborative with our community for some growth opportunities."
Sica graduated from high school and started his teaching career in southeastern Idaho, where he also coached softball, before moving to Hillsboro.
After 10 years as a classroom science teacher, he became an assistant principal in Hillsboro and then principal at what is now the Beaverton Academy of Science & Engineering. Through the pandemic, he has been the administrator for curriculum, instruction and assessment in Beaverton schools.
"Through the pandemic we have seen that students thrive when we're flexible with them. Our students are so creative and brilliant that when we give them a little flexibility, they can demonstrate they're learning in a variety of different ways," Sica said. "At the same time, we know this has been a really hard time for our kids. We asked them to do stuff in a completely different way. We have to do some reteaching about what it means to be part of an education community and help teach and support, so they can continue to thrive."
Sica, whose wife teaches in Beaverton, received a bachelor's degree from the University of Idaho, a master's from Montana State University and a doctorate from the University of Oregon.
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