Parkrose's Gray honored as state's top superintendent
Parkrose School District Superintendent Karen Gray has been named the 2018 Oregon Superintendent of the Year by the Oregon Association of School Executives and the Confederation of Oregon School Administrators.
The award will be formally announced Nov. 11 at the Oregon School Boards Association annual conference in Portland. Because of the state award, Gray is also in the running for the National Superintendent of the Year Award from the American Association of School Administrators.
"Dr. Karen Gray is one of the hardest working superintendents in the state of Oregon," said Darin Drill, Cascade School District superintendent and school executives association president. "She is devoted to improving educational outcomes for all students across the entire state. She is highly respected by her peers, advocates tirelessly for the needs of all educators, and cares deeply about every single student in her district. Her school district is fortunate to have such a talented and intelligent leader."
Gray has been superintendent of the Parkrose district since 2007. She also has been an administrator in Oregon since 1996, in the Coos Bay and Portland. During the past 10 years, Gray and district administrators have worked to close the achievement and opportunity gaps and helped push the district's high school graduation rate into the top 10 in the state.
"Karen's work in Parkrose is a collaborative effort, and that has happened through her leadership and support of district administration, principals and staff," said Michael Lopes-Serrao, assistant superintendent/director of school improvement.