The Gresham-Barlow School District recently announced three administrative changes for the 2014-15 school year.

Gordon Russell Middle School Principal Bruce Schmidt has been selected as the new principal of Sam Barlow High School, replacing Dr. Dave Lovelin, who is leaving at the end of the school year to work overseas.

A longtime employee of the school district, Schmidt has worked in Gresham-Barlow schools for the past 15 years.

Before his three years at Gordon Russell, Schmidt worked four years as assistant principal at Barlow. He brings 14 years of classroom experience teaching high school science and technology classes, nine of which were at Barlow.

Schmidt was one of the first teachers in Oregon to achieve National Board Certification.

Linda Okazaki will become the district’s elementary education director next year, replacing Anita Harris, who is retiring.

Okazaki has 17 years experience working as an elementary school principal in several schools, spending 12 years as principal of Lincoln Park Elementary School in the David Douglas School District.

Prior to that, she worked as a principal for two Washington schools, Woodland and Yale Elementary. Okazaki also has 17 years of experience working as a classroom teacher and school media specialist, along with working as a Title 1 coordinator.

Mike Schofield will join the district in July as the new chief financial officer, replacing Jerry Jones, who is retiring. Schofield serves as CFO for the Forest Grove School District and brings more than 20 years of experience in school finances.

In addition to working in K-12 school districts, he has served as CFO for an education service district. Schofield previously worked for the Gresham-Barlow School District as CFO from 2007-2009.

Besides holding a bachelor’s degree in business administration, Schofield is a certified management accountant through the Institute of Management Accountants. He is president of the Oregon Association of School Business Officials and a member of the Oregon Short-Term Fund Board.

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