New Oregon City superintendent meets with parents across district
Superintendent Dayle Spitzer, chosen by Oregon City School Board members to lead the school district starting July 1, has been meeting with parents and community members at schools across the district starting on Sept. 16.
Spitzer's intention during the meetings is to hear from parents and community members about what they love about the Oregon City School District, what could be improved and how she can be most impactful in her new leadership role.
Spitzer has inherited a district struggling to retain teachers, as the data from the last school year showed triple the teacher-resignation rate as normal. In another issue that is prevalent statewide, student achievement dropped significantly since the beginning of the pandemic, according to the 2022 Oregon Statewide Assessment System tracking math, science and English learning.
Prior to taking the job in OC, Spitzer had worked since 1993 for the Hillsboro School District, most recently as assistant superintendent there. Born in Oregon City, Spitzer moved to Wilsonville, attended West Linn High School and went on to earn a doctorate degree in education from the University of Oregon.
"My entire career has been focused on interrupting discrepancies for students, in order to enable all students to reach high levels. I really believe that the community is the foundation of providing that support for students," she said, when asked why she wants to be Oregon City's superintendent.
Spitzer's career as an educator has ranged from middle school and elementary teaching to serving as an instructor on special assignment aiming to improve K-12 teaching strategies and mentoring new teachers.
From 2007-11, she was principal at Minter Bridge Elementary School. She served as the executive director of Hillsboro elementary schools from 2011-15. For four years she directly supervised high schools, focusing on graduation rates and the district's Pathways Center. Spitzer's doctorate focused on high school Latino males, respect and interactions with staff.
Kyle Laier served as Oregon City's interim superintendent from July 2021-June 2022, replacing Larry Didway, who left OC's position making about $170,000 annually to take the superintendent's position making $205,750 annually in the Clackamas Education Service District.
Additional meet-and-greet sessions with Spitzer are scheduled for:
Wednesday, Sept. 28
5:30-6:30 p.m. - Beavercreek Elementary
7-8 p.m. - Tumwata Middle School
Wednesday, Oct. 5
5-6 p.m. - Gardiner Middle School
6:30-7:30 p.m. - Oregon City Service Learning Academy
Thursday, Oct. 6
5:30-6:30 p.m. - Redland Elementary
7-8 p.m - Holcomb Elementary.
If you are unable to meet with Spitzer in person, you may fill out a survey at surveymonkey.com/r/V9R5LCF.
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