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Scappoose Middle brings on new principal


Ron Alley said he is excited to work with school's staff in an 'innovative' school district

AlleyScappoose Middle School will have a new principal at the start of the 2014-15 school year.

Ron Alley — now wrapping up his final year as principal of Astoria Middle School — will replace Pam Reynolds, who retired from her position this week. Reynolds has been principal of Scappoose Middle since 2008.

Alley said his first official day at the school will be Aug. 3, but he has been visiting periodically to help with the transition.

“I did a lot of research,” Alley said of the Scappoose School District. “It seems like a really good school district. A lot of folks are trying to do some innovative things. I was a wrestling coach for a number of years, we competed against Scappoose, and I was always impressed with the supportive community and parent involvement.”

Alley said that, in order to work at the middle school level, one has to enjoy the age-group, which has needs that change on a day-to-day basis. He is excited to work with the current Scappoose Middle staff, he said.

“I’ve been super impressed,” Alley said. “I’ve had the opportunity to connect with the staff — although not enough. I’m impressed with their work ethic. You ask them to run through a wall and they’ll start picking up speed. They’re willing to do what it takes. It’s always centered around what’s best for our kids. I’ve been in middle school education for almost 25 years. I’m excited to work with staff and learn from them.”

Alley has been principal at Astoria Middle for eight years. Prior to that, he spent 16 years at Banks Middle School, where he taught a variety of subjects ranging from physical education to science.

“Being in a small community and a small school, I had the chance to do a variety of things,” he said of his time at Banks Middle.

Currently, Alley lives in Banks. He said one draw to Scappoose was the shorter commute and the prospect of spending more time with his family.