Replacement comes on board in August

There are some major staff changes afoot in the Lake Oswego School District with two administrative appointments announced last week.Atherton

Donna Atherton, executive director of secondary programs, will step into the role of executive director of human resources in August. Mary Kaer, director of human resources, is retiring and will be leaving at the end of July.

Atherton has served the school district since 2001, employed as assistant principal at Lakeridge High before taking on the secondary programs position in 2005. She holds a doctorate in educational leadership and a master’s in human resource development.

Superintendent Bill Korach, who retires at the end of the school year, and the incoming superintendent, Heather Beck, support Atherton’s appointment. The district soon will be launching a search for Atherton’s replacement.Pickett

Alix Pickett officially will be the vice principal of Lakeridge Junior High School on July 1. Since October, Pickett has been a teacher on special assignment filling the vice principal position at Lakeridge Junior High School. Pickett has been a counselor and Talented and Gifted program coordinator at Lakeridge Junior High (called Waluga Junior High until 2012) since she joined the school district in 2006.

Lakeridge Junior High Principal Kurt Schultz said Pickett is an asset to his school’s leadership team.

“Her familiarity with the responsibilities of the vice principal will allow her to easily step into her new role to support our students, staff and families,” Schultz said.

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