School board signs three-year contract for Susan Rieke-Smith, who has worked in Salem-Keizer and Springfield districts.

The Tigard-Tualatin School District on Monday hired Susan Rieke-Smith to be the new superintendent.Susan Rieke-Smith

She'll replace Ernie Brown, whose three-year tenure on the job ends after July.

The Monday, May 7, vote was unanimous.

It's a three-year contract, good through June 2021, and would pay Rieke-Smith $190,000 in the first year.

Other items in the contract include:

• A tax-deferred annuity of $12,000 per year.

• A health reimbursement account of $500 per year.

• A "professional development" account of $5,000 per year.

• A stipend for a car at $500 per month.

• A cell phone stipend of $100 per month.

Rieke-Smith has a doctorate in education and has worked for 18 years as an educator at all three school levels. She began her career in 2000 in the Salem-Keizer School District where she taught fifth grade, English language learners and worked in Title 1 schools (a federal designation for schools that serve low-income communities). Between 2004 and 2007, she served as an assistant principal at McKay High School in Salem and in 2007, she became principal of Houck Middle School in Salem. At Houck, she was recognized as Oregon's 2011 Middle School Principal of the Year.

From 2011 to 2014, she served as Salem-Keizer's director of instructional services.

She joined Springfield Public Schools as assistant superintendent in July 2014. In April 2015, she was named interim superintendent and was permanently appointed to lead the district in November 2015.

An informal reception was held for her earlier in the day (see story). Several dozen residents and staff had the opportunity to meet her before the formal vote.

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