After 23 years with the local school district, he plans to retire next July
by:  Steve Mauritz

Hallinan Principal Steve Mauritz, 61, announced his retirement Wednesday after 23 years working as an administrator in the Lake Oswego School District.

He plans to work through the end of the school year.

Mauritz started as principal at River Grove and has also been principal at Westridge and Uplands before working the last seven years at Hallinan Elementary School.

'I have gone through a full cycle with the kindergartners (who are now sixth-graders),' said Mauritz. 'With things changing, it seems like now is a good time.'

Mauritz was hired by Superintendent Bill Korach.

'Bill and I more or less came in together,' said Mauritz. 'He was my supervising mentor teacher at Portland State (University). When I applied, he had just become the superintendent.'

Before working in Lake Oswego, Mauritz worked as a principal at Estacada for three years and a teacher in the Reynolds School District for seven years.

'Prior to coming to Lake Oswego, I bounced around a bit. When I came here I never found a compelling reason to leave,' said Mauritz. 'I enjoyed the students, teachers and staff. I have always felt supported when I wanted to do a special project and that has been appreciated.'

Most recently he has led the effort to build a new playground at Hallinan as well as open the district's first elementary school science lab.

Mauritz has been the district's elementary science coordinator for many years.

'Probably the most gratifying thing to me is being able to hire and put together staffs over the years,' he said.

'It's been an incredibly positive, upbeat experience,' he added. 'I've enjoyed the people that I've had a chance to interact with. I can't imagine being associated with a better district. It's very nice when you are philosophically in sync with the values and priorities of an organization.'

In his retirement, Mauritz plans to stay involved in science education in some form, such as by leading field trips and working with different environmental groups. He also plans to spend time traveling.

In other administration news:

n On Friday, the school district plans to announce the replacement for Lakeridge principal Mike Lehman, who announced his retirement last week.

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