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Superintendent recommends Kristin Turnquist for junior high principal

Clackamas High administrator would take Tina Rhue's former role


Estacada School District Superintendent Marla Stephenson announced she will recommend hiring Kristin Turnquist as the new principal of Estacada Junior High School.

Turnquist, a former English Language Arts teacher and dean of students, has been assistant principal of Clackamas High School's east campus for the past seven years.

She would replace former principal Tina Rhue, who left the role earlier this school year to serve as the district's director of student services.

According to an Estacada district news release, Turnquist earned a bachelor’s degree in communication from the University of Denver and a master’s degree in business administration from Marylhurst University.

Turnquist is pursuing a doctorate in Educational Leadership from Concordia University Chicago.

Stephenson said she recommends offering Turnquist a Probationary I Administrator contract at the school effective July 1. The recommendation will be made to the school board at the next meeting on Wednesday, April 15.

“Mrs. Turnquist is committed to improving student outcomes and ensure all students graduate career and/or college ready,” Stephenson wrote in a news release. “Please help us in congratulating Kristin Turnquist as the next Estacada Junior High School principal.”

Since Rhue's departure, Estacada High School Principal Scott Sullivan has served as acting principal for Estacada grades 7-12, with social studies teacher Zachary Davidson serving as interim vice principal of the junior high. Sullivan was named the district's director of curriculum, instruction and assessment starting in the 2015-16 school year.

Stephenson recommends promoting Ryan Carpenter, the high school vice principal and athletic director, to the role of principal.

As the district proceeds with the reconfigurations, Turnquist is expected to inherit a school that has added the sixth-grade class. Estacada Junior High School previously housed only seventh and eighth-grade, with sixth grade taught in the district’s elementary schools.

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