North Clackamas launches search for new leader

Superintendent left after frustration with budget shortfalls

The North Clackamas School Board voted last week to select Ray and Associates as a consulting firm to help seek an interim superintendent to serve the district.

Superintendent Tim Mills is leaving NCSD to become superintendent for Bellevue School District in Washington. Mills' main reason for the decision was the lack of funding for Oregon schools.

NCSD selected Ray and Associates because of its experience serving in the Pacific Northwest and because it previously provided services when the district last sought a superintendent in 2009. Mills' three-year tenure was shorter than his predecessors, Ron Naso and Ben Schellenberg, who served for 14 years and 32 years respectively.

The School Board also determined the qualities and qualifications for the interim position. Officials noted that until Oregon's leaders prioritize and support schools, the state's long-term economic and social well being remain at risk.

Once the interim superintendent is selected, the School Board expects to conduct a more expansive search for the permanent replacement.

'We hope to have an interim superintendent in place by Aug. 1,' said Board Chairwoman Vivian Scott.