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Riverdales new school chief visits

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The new Riverdale superintendent Terry Hoaglund was in town this week as his position winds down in Lebanon and he prepares for his new post in Dunthorpe.

Hoaglund says he is a good fit for the community: He en-joys working for small districts, he's worked in high-achieving districts and he has bond measure experience.

The latter is something that might catch the eye of Dunthorpe residents, who will see a bond measure on the ballot this November. In part, the bond would help to renovate Riverdale Grade School's oldest facility built in 1921.

Hoaglund saw Lebanon's first bond measure in 30 years pass while he worked there, and he has helped schools with building design and worked with contractors.

'I work hard to bring people together. I'm a person that is easy to get along with and I can work with a lot of different people,' said Hoaglund, who said he expects to do a lot of listening to find out what is important to this community. 'My objective is to help them to achieve their goal and then go farther than that.'

Chris Hall, board chair, agrees that Hoaglund's familiarity with bonds will be a good fit for Dunthorpe.

'His experience with bond work and school construction will be helpful in driving the current district initiatives.'

Hoaglund also worked in the Crook County School District in central Oregon just after that district passed a bond measure.

'I learned the nuances of the issue and what made it successful,' said Hoaglund.

Hoaglund has 12 years of experience as an elementary school principal in a number of schools, most recently in Lebanon. Prior to that he was a junior high math teacher in Eagle Point.

He holds a master's degree in educational policy and management from the University of Oregon, and completed undergraduate studies at Walla Walla University, where he majored in education.

He also brings experience with staffing and is enthusiastic about helping other administrators with their job.

'His strong curricular focus, high-achieving results and open communication style are a strong match for the attributes that the district desires in its new superintendent,' said Hall.

Hoagland will replace Thomas Hagerman, who served as Riverdale's superintendent for the past four years. Hagerman will start a position as the superintendent for River Forest School District 90 in Chicago, Ill., on July 1.