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New superintendent, Timothy Porter, and building administrators in store for 2019-20 school year

PMG PHOTO: NICOLE THILL-PACHECO - Timothy Porter, center, speaks with the Scappoose School District School board during a meeting over the summer. Porter was hired as the permanent superintendent to lead the school district earlier this year and will be the first permanent superintendent to lead the district since 2017.

As a new school year begins, a number of changes are in the works for the Scappoose School District — most notably, the number of new faces.

Many leadership positions in the district, including superintendent, and several principal posts at Warren and Otto Petersen elementary schools will have people filling in.

Earlier this year, the Scappoose School District board of directors voted unanimously to hire Timothy Porter as the permanent superintendent for the school district. The district has been under the leadership of interim superintendents since 2017, with two interims each serving a year, after former Superintendent Stephen Jupe

left the district unexpectedly with one year left on his contract.

Porter was hired on a three year-contract and started working at the school district earlier this summer. Prior to his hire in Scappoose, he served as the superintendent for the South Umpqua School District for three years, working with a student population of about 1,500.

Porter also served as the director of technology and student achievement for two years at South Lane School District in Cottage Grove, and as curriculum director for five years with the Sweet Home School District. Porter also has 11 years of classroom experience teaching math and science curricula in Oregon and California.

Porter has a doctorate in educational leadership from George Fox University and a master's degree in theology from Fuller Theological Seminary.

In addition to a new superintendent role, two separate elementary school buildings will have new administrators. While some of the administrators previously held other staff positions in the district, some staff are new to Scappoose.

Jennifer Angelo will step in as principal. Angelo served as vice principal for two and a half years at Otto Petersen Elementary School. In spring she was moved into an interim prin-

cipal role at Otto Petersen, where she served for several months after the former principal, Jennifer Stackhouse, resigned.

Jenneca Crocker will fill the open principal position at

Otto Petersen Elementary School. She is the fourth principal to serve at the school since 2017.

Crocker previously taught first and second grade and served as a K-5 principal at Luckiamute Valley Charter School in Monmouth.

Amanda Small will serve as assistant principal at Otto Petersen Elementary. Small previously worked as a Title I reading specialist in the school since 2014.


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