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The bi-lingual administrator has taught in Latin America and has charter school experience

CONTRIBUTED PHOTO: MARCUS LAURETA - Clark PriceClark Price was named the principal of Multnomah Learning Academy Middle School after a new principal scheduled to start this school year died unexpectedly.

Price, a native of Hood River, has over a decade of experience working in charter schools. He most recently was the administrator for Discovery Charter School in Las Vegas. He was a founder of the school and worked there for 10 years.

Price, 45, has taught all over the Americas and is bilingual in Spanish.

"I went to places I wanted to learn about and got a teaching job," he said.

He spent several years teaching special needs students in New Orleans, and has taught in Panama, Costa Rica, on a Navajo reservation near Flagstaff , Ariz., and in Las Vegas.

Price earned his undergraduate degree from Pacific University in Forest Grove, and his master's in educational leadership from the Las Vegas campus of Regis University, Denver.

He has one daughter.

Price said, "MLA has a strong foundation" and he aims "to free up educators to be creative."

Enrique "Henry" Ramirez, who was to take over as principal of MLA Middle this year, was found dead near his home on Wednesday, Aug. 22. The 51 year-old avid runner died of a heart attack while out for a jog near his home in Woodland, Wash.

"We're OK," Jo Ann Lindenthal, executive director of the MLA elementary and middle school, said of the untimely death of Ramirez.

"I think it's going to work out really well," she said of the new principal.

MLA, 3240 S. Troutdale Road, is a public charter school, sponsored by the Reynolds School District.

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