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Beaverton School District names interim superintendent

Paula Radich had been Oregon Superintendent of the Year while in Newberg.

RADICHThe Beaverton School Board on Monday tapped veteran superintendent Paula Radich to lead the district until the board hires a permanent replacement for the departing Jeff Rose.

Radich will start work June 1.

Radich served as Newberg’s school superintendent for 13 years before retiring in 2012, that after more than four decades in education. During her tenure, she was named 2010 Oregon Superintendent of the Year.

In the years since, Radich served as interim superintendent in the Salem-Keizer School District and as interim assistant superintendent at the Oregon Department of Education.

While working in the Salem-Keizer district, she helped the district launch several academic programs and also guided it through a boundary adjustment, a process currently underway in the Beaverton School District.

It’s unclear how long Radich will preside in Beaverton, where the board also is deep into the process of hiring Rose’s permanent replacement. The board will begin interviewing finalists soon but won’t set a start date until a hiring decision is made, Chair Anne Bryan said. The board tentatively expects to announce the district's new superintendent June 13.

Bryan said it hasn’t been determined how much Radich will be involved in finishing Rose’s work to set the district's new high school boundaries, in large part due to the uncertain timing of naming Rose’s longterm replacement.

“She is qualified should we need her to do that,” Bryan said.

Last week, the board asked Rose and staff to take a closer look at proposed boundaries first developed by a committee of principals and parents. Specifically, the board wanted a review of whether two key criteria — proximity to schools and transportation — are met by the latest proposal. The staff will consider safety in the transportation context at the board’s request.

Bryan said Tuesday that, given the leadership changes, she did not expect that process to be ready for the board’s review by its June board meeting.

In a statement announcing Radich’s hire, Bryan said the district “is fortunate to have someone with Paula’s experience and skill set working on our behalf.”

In the same statement, Radich said: “I appreciate the opportunity to serve as interim superintendent of the Beaverton School District. I look forward to working with students, staff and community to further the district’s goals and address the challenges that lie ahead.”

In coverage of Radich’s plans to retire in Newberg, the Newberg Graphic newspaper noted that she was known for working Sundays through Fridays and for being quiet, efficient and intensely private.