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Rhue appointed to director of student services

Davidson named interim junior high vice principal

Tina Rhue has been named director of student services for the Estacada School District.

Rhue has been acting interim director since Oct. 20 when Shannon Powell departed on a leave of absence.

On Jan. 8, the Estacada School District announced that Rhue had been appointed to the directorship.

Superintendent Marla Stephenson confirmed that Powell has resigned from the position for personal reasons and will remain on paid leave until his resignation goes into effect on June 30.

The Estacada News was unable to reach Powell for comment.

Rhue had been the principal of Estacada Junior High School since 2012 until she was named interim director.

In her absence from the school, social studies teacher Zachary Davidson has been acting as interim vice principal of the junior high while Estacada High School Principal Scott Sullivan has served as interim principal for Estacada grades 7-12.

The junior high did not previously have a vice principal.

“These are interim positions and for continuity’s sake, they’ll finish out the end of the year,” Stephenson said.

Stephenson said she expects to hire a new principal for the 2015-16 year.

However, since reconfiguration of the district is being considered, Stephenson said she would like to get further along in the process before hiring a replacement for Rhue, as whether the role will be principal of a junior high or a middle school is still up in the air.

Rhue has been an Estacada School District administrator for 10 years.

She was the principal of River Mill Elementary from 2003-08, during which time the school earned an “Outstanding School” status, according to a district press release.

After some time on the East Coast, Rhue served as principal of Eagle Creek Elementary from 2010-12.

Rhue holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and a master’s degree in special education from Western Oregon State College. She earned her administrator credentials from the University of Oregon.

Before coming to Estacada, Rhue had 13 years of experience teaching special education in Alaska and Oregon.

“Mrs. Rhue has finally returned to special education, her original and lifelong passion, and looks forward to many years to come in the Estacada School District,” a district press release stated.

Rhue had not returned requests for comment by press time.

Updated Tuesday, Jan. 13.

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