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Sam Breyer is leaving after nearly five years in the top job at the education agency

COUTERSY PHOTO: MESD - Sam Breyer is leaving as superintendent of the Multnomah Education Service District and a search is underway for his replacement. Photo is from 2019.

The board of the Multnomah Education Service District is searching for a new superintendent after Sam Breyer announced he is leaving his job.

"This will be my last year as superintendent of Multnomah Education Service District," Breyer told the MESD board and stakeholders recently.

"After nearly 10 years as a superintendent in Multnomah County, I feel called to return to direct service. It's time for me to update my perspective, refresh my skills, and renew my passion with direct service to students and families," he said, calling it a "difficult decision."

Breyer did not disclose any specific plans he has for his next job.

The MESD board of directors will review bids from executive search firms and will select a firm selected early January, said Laura Conroy, MESD's director of strategic engagement.

Breyer has led the MESD for four-and-a-half years after four years as superintendent of the Centennial School District. Prior to that he was assistant director of curriculum and student learning in the Centennial district and principal of Butler Creek Elementary School. He also taught at East Gresham Elementary School.

Breyer was a combat engineer in the U.S. Marine Corps and got his undergraduate and master's degrees from Willamette University.

The MESD serves eight school districts in the county with a variety of programs including school health services, outdoor school, some special-education services, alternative schools for children with special needs and other services.

Breyer said "this is not a goodbye. I only share this information now to ensure the MESD board has ample time to conduct a search to find the next superintendent."

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