by: file photo Shelley Redinger and Mt. Hood Community College President John “Ski” Sygielski at Redinger’s farewell event May 25.

In a few days I will begin my new job as superintendent of Spotsylvania County Schools in Virginia. I have mixed emotions - anticipation and sadness. I am always excited about taking on new challenges, just as I was when I became the Oregon Trail School District's superintendent four years ago. I feel the same about Spotsylvania, but I will miss all of my colleagues and friends. The Oregon Trail community has become home for me and my family.

In reflecting on what makes Oregon Trail so special, what immediately comes to mind is the commitment to our children. I have never experienced a more giving, collaborative community. Our schools' parent groups work closely to support one another, hundreds of parents and other community members volunteer in our schools, and in this past school year alone, local businesses have sponsored 85 job shadow opportunities for Sandy High students. And of course - the community made a collective decision in 2008 to build a new high school.

Our community and staff have selected Aaron Bayer as Oregon Trail's next superintendent - a selection I resoundingly support. The Oregon Trail School District has strong forward momentum, and Aaron has the skills and desire to continue the progress. I look forward to watching Oregon Trail advance over the coming years, and take comfort in knowing that our children are in good hands.

I want to thank you for the great support and experiences that you have provided me, and I hope to see you when I return for the grand opening event at your new Sandy High School.

Shelley Redinger has served as the Oregon Trail School District's superintendent since 2007. She leaves later this week for her new job.

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