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Both the superintendent and high school principal resigned just before start of school year

Riverdale School District, which sits adjacent to Lake Oswego boundaries, serves over 600 families.

The district saw two major changes in administrative staff this summer, the first being the resignation of superintendent Jim Schlachter in July. His resignation was shortly followed by the resignation of the high school principal Paula Robinson in August.

Robinson resigned to spend more time with her family, while Schlachter found that the responsibilities of the superintendent role in a COVID-19 environment were more than the part-time role he had envisioned when taking the job two years ago.

According to the district, the two resignations were not related.

"While the change in leadership at the beginning of the school (year) is challenging, we are confident that our newly hired principals and interim superintendent will lead us in achieving a successful school year," said Communications Coordinator Elizabeth Gibson. "We also have experienced and well-seasoned staff that have been with the district, in some cases, for decades."

Stepping into the role of high school principal is Brian Flannery. Gibson said he comes to the role with "extensive experience as a high school principal and a college administrator."

Joanna Tobin has transitioned from her role of seven years as Riverdale Grade School principal to acting superintendent and Stephanie Kendall was brought on as interim grade school principal.

"We acknowledge this is a lot of change and have been focused on supporting the transitions. Now that the school year is under way with our new leaders, parents will be able to connect and work together," Gibson said.

The Riverdale School Board will use budgeted funds to hire a consultant to guide the district through the search for a permanent superintendent this fall.


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