A public exit interview of departing School Superintendent Erin Prince will be hosted by the City Club of Corvallis and moderated by State Senator Sara Gelser on Monday, June 6. Slated for noon at the Boys & Girls Club, admission is free and there will be time for attendees to comment or ask Prince questions.
Prince obtained a B.S. in education and human development/family studies in 1984, an M.A.T. and administrative degree in 1998, and a Ph.D. in education in 2006. She has been a classroom teacher, university graduate teaching assistant, assistant principal, and principal in a number of Oregon school districts. She is currently a university adjunct professor for the University of Oregon and Lewis and Clark College. Some of her projects have been or include the AASA National Superintendent Academy, 1:World Technology Implementation Project, Race to the Top review committee, and CLASS (Creative Leadership Achieves Student Success) Project Director, to name a few. Prince has been involved with the Chalkboard Project since 2010.
Since taking on the position of superintendent for Corvallis in 2011, Prince has achieved some notable accomplishments. There has been a significant improvement in graduation rates, a more inclusive instructional approach in special education programs, an emphasis on targeted interventions for students not meeting benchmarks, adopting of the AVID program, and her implementation of the fifth-year program Running Start.
Prince is moving on to take a position as Vice President of Education Policy for the Chalkboard Project, the first initiative of Foundations for a Better Oregon. A non-partisan nonprofit that works to unite Oregonians to improve K–12 public schools, their aim is to “help create a more informed and engaged public that understands and addresses the tough choices and trade-offs required to build strong schools.”
Interim Superintendent will be Ryan Noss, currently Director of Teaching and Learning. His position will begin July 1 and will last for the 2016-‘17 school year.
Doors open at 11:30 a.m. with the interview from 12 to 1:15 p.m. at the Boys & Girls Club, 1112 NW Circle Boulevard. There is no charge to attend. A catered lunch is available; the cost is $10 for members, $15 for non-members. Reservations are only required for the lunch and those can be made at https://cityclubofcorvallis.
By Dorothy Ocacio