Several in-district transfers, as well as new hires to assume positions for fall

When students in the Hillsboro School District return to classes this fall, they'll be welcomed by several new principals and administrators.

Superintendent Mike Scott announced on Monday, July 2, a slew of administrative changes for the 2018-19 school year. The new principals and administrators join a handful of other new hires, including new principals at Hillsboro High School and Quatama and Witch Hazel elementary schools, which were named earlier this year.

• Sarah Crane, current principal of Jackson Elementary School, will take over as the district's coordinator of student services. Crane replaces Sarah Walker who has taken a job at the Northwest Regional Education Service District. According to the district, the role will be converted to a director position to "better serve and support students with special needs."

Crane holds a doctorate in educational leadership and has studied students with mental health diagnoses and how best to support them in school, the district said in a statement. She has been principal at Jackson since 2015, and formerly served as principal of the Ione K-12 Community School and as special education coordinator at the Intermountain Educational Service District.

"Her leadership for equity and inclusive schools is proven," the district said in a statement.

• Replacing Crane at Jackson Elementary is Kasia Gutierrez who has been working as a teacher and literacy coach at Jackson since 2005. She has most recently been teaching sixth grade and math at the school, the release stated.

• Alano Ciliberto, principal at Imlay Elementary School, will take over in a new position in the district, coordinating bond technology integration after voters approved a $408 million bond last year.

"One of the key aspects of the district's 2017 bond was a $30 million investment in technology to help ensure modern learning environments and experiences for all students," the district said in a statement. "But technology and infrastructure alone will not be enough. A solid vision, implementation, integration and support plan is also critical. Ciliberto is uniquely positioned to provide that leadership."

Cilberto has been principal of Imlay since 2015.

• Cilberto's position will be filled by Jennifer McCalley, currently the principal of Faubion Elementary School in Portland Public Schools.

At Faubion, McCalley launched an early childhood program, a parent advisory group and student affinity groups such as a Black Student Union, according to the district.

"She also actively sought grants and partnered with higher education institutions to enhance programming and support for her students and school."

• Glencoe High School Assistant Principal Kelly Cox will take over as assistant principal at Hillsboro High School, after current assistant principal Courtney Leonard left the district after being named principal of Charlemagne French Immersion Elementary School in Eugene.

• Joe Painter, Glencoe's dean of students, will replace Cox.

Painter is a member of the district's Future Leaders Program and first worked as an advanced mathematics and social studies teacher at Hillsboro High School in 2007.

The district's new administrators will fill their positions in time for the upcoming school year.

"Superintendent Scott voiced his confidence in the ability of each of these administrators to lead their communities and to serve their students in the years to come," the release stated.

By Olivia Singer
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