Lake Oswego schools superintendent will depart in June
Lake Oswego School District Superintendent Lora de la Cruz submitted a letter of resignation that will take effect June 30, the district announced Friday, April 23.
De la Cruz cited the need to be closer to her family as her mother faces health issues. The Lake Oswego School Board will decide on next steps at its meeting Monday, April 26.
"Anyone who knows me knows that my mother has been my hero and a model of the power of education, and that my life's work has been built from this significant example," de la Cruz said in a statement. "So it is poignant that the very person who inspired me to become an educator and leader has now become the compelling reason why I am choosing to leave my current leadership post."
De la Cruz arrived at the Lake Oswego School District in 2019. She replaced interim Superintendent Michael Musick, who served after Heather Beck departed in 2018 but chose not to apply for a permanent position.
Prior to accepting the Lake Oswego position, de la Cruz was an area superintendent and learning community director for the Aurora Public School District in Colorado.
"It has been my great privilege to work alongside the school board and district team in service to the students and community of LOSD," de la Cruz said. "I am honored to have provided leadership for many changes and challenges, such as our pandemic response amid exceedingly difficult variables, elevating the work of inclusion, equity and antiracism, amplifying student voice, creating greater coherence in our practices and setting bold strategic priorities to support the school board's aspirational vision for our district.
"I am committed to seeing LOSD through the remainder of the school year and planning for five full days of school," she said.
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