The Santiam communities were in a transition towards hiring a new superintendent and elementary principal after the abrupt closure of its’ Gates Elementary school, the release of a principal, the abrupt request for the resignation of the superintendent and the anticipated loss of it business manager to a larger district. In the initial months I served as superintendent, business manager, elementary principal (318 students), human resources director, maintenance supervisor, and transportation director. I was responsible for the supervision of 24 elementary teachers and support staff as well as the three maintenance department personnel, four district office personnel and the high school principal.
Initially I felt this was a “hold down the fort” role as superintendent/principal, but it soon became clear that this was a “change leadership” position. The degree of unreported deficit, the continued frustration with the board on the part of the teaching staff and community meant I had to be more directive and foster accountability at the board level.