Ron Alley resigns from Scappoose School District after returning to previous admin position

AlleyThe Scappoose School District's curriculum director is stepping down from the job at the end of the month.

Ron Alley, who recently returned to his role as director of curriculum, instruction and secondary education with the Scappoose School District after a year stint as the interim superintendent, recently announced his resignation. Alley was promoted to the interim superintendent position following the ouster of former Superintendent Stephen Jupe near the end of the 2016-17 school year.

Alley submitted his letter of resignation to the district office Thursday, June 7. The Scappoose School District board of directors voted to accept Alley's resignation during a school board meeting Monday, June 11.

Alley was in line to lead the Scappoose School District as the next full-time superintendent earlier this year after going through the district's recruiting and interviewing process. He was one of two finalists under consideration for the job when the school board received an anonymous letter noting it was from four women who wrote they had "experienced sexist discrimination and harassment from Mr. Alley" in the workplace.

A short time after the letter was submitted in April, Alley withdrew from consideration for the full-time superintendent role before it was officially offered to him during a board meeting April 9. At the time, Alley expressed his intent to return to the director of curriculum position.

In late April, Alley also became the subject of an internal investigation regarding a staff complaint. No further information about the investigation has been provided to the Spotlight.

Board Chair Phil Lager noted Monday that Alley had returned to his position as director of curriculum, instruction and secondary education following the district's hire of now-interim Superintendent Paul Peterson in late May. Peterson's contract runs from July 1 to June 30, 2019, plus a month of work in June during the superintendent transition period.

Alley did not respond to a phone call asking for comment regarding his resignation by the Spotlight's press time Thursday.

An email sent to Alley Tuesday afternoon generated an automatic reply that he is out of the office until June 30 and would no longer be working with the Scappoose School District.

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