Michael Taylor's career in education spans over three decades

The Riverdale School Board has hired Michael Taylor as the interim superintendent of the Riverdale School District for the remainder of the 2012-13 school year.Taylor

Taylor is the former director of ACE Academy, a charter school for architecture, construction and engineering based in Northeast Portland. He previously served as superintendent of both the Ontario and Parkrose school districts. Recently, he has been serving as an adjunct professor at Concordia University — but said he found something was missing.

“I just missed the energy of working inside of a district, and I noticed how quickly you could lose touch if you didn’t stay down in the district level,” Taylor said. “So I wanted to try an interim (superintendency).”

He was hired on after an extensive process including an initial screening; being interviewed along with one other candidate by three different teams of parents, a leadership team and the full Riverdale School Board Nov. 27 and 28; and a follow-up interview Dec. 6 by a teachers panel and the school board.

“I was impressed with the sincerity and commitment of the (school) board here,” Taylor said, “and the staff that I met through the interviewing process all seemed really committed to providing kids the best possible education.”

Taylor’s appointment comes three months after the resignation of former Riverdale Superintendent Brook MacNamara, who left in October to focus on her health.

“My primary goal in the time that I’m here,” Taylor said, “is to maintain the quality activities and quality education that’s going on here, and to assist in every way that I can to set the district up for long-term success with a new superintendent and longer-term stable leadership.”

Taylor said the school board hopes to hire a permanent superintendent by the beginning of the fiscal year July 1.

In the meantime, he said, “I’m excited to be here. I’m looking forward to working here and contributing to the continued success of the district.”

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