With the 2018-19 school year winding down, the Oregon School District has announced some administrative changes for the next year, starting July 1.
They include a newly created deputy superintendent position and three school administrators shuffling spots.
The deputy superintendent position was filled April 3 by OSD director of teaching and learning Leslie Begstrom, who has worked in the district for the past 16 years.
RCI principal Jason Zurawik will be returning to Oregon Middle School, where he’ll return to his former position of associate principal on July 1.
Brooklyn Elementary School associate principal Darci Jarstad Krueger will be returning to Brooklyn Elementary School as an associate principal on July 1 after a mid-year stint this year at Oregon Middle School.
Rome Corners Intermediate School administrative assistant Cyndi Olander will be staying right at home next school year, though with a new title of associate principal.
Bergstrom started in the district as an associate principal and was later appointed to serve as Rome Corners Intermediate School principal and later director of learning and student achievement.
According to a district news release, her new position “will align her current work in learning and student achievement with expanded district leadership responsibilities, including task forces and professional development pathways,” including leading the School Boundary Task Force, which will start this month. She will also continue to oversee the district’s Learning and Student Achievement Department.
In an email to the Observer on Tuesday, Bergstrom said she’s enjoyed the “extraordinary experience of serving the Oregon school community in many capacities” in her time in the district.
“Each step in my path inspired me and reminded me how fortunate I am to be here,” she said. “We focus on the potential, interests, and the unique needs of every child (and) that learner-centered focus is the reason I want to spend my career here and why I am excited to take on new responsibilities.
“This community is a special place to be.”
Zurawik returns to OMS
In the news release, superintendent Brian Busler said Zurawik opted for the change back to OMS to “better balance his work and family life.”
“He has led RCI through many significant changes, including implementing the popular NEST program this current school year to better meet the social and academic needs of RCI students,” Busler said. “He is looking forward to re-joining his former OMS colleague and administrative partner, principal Shannon Anderson. Jason’s years of experience as a principal will be a great asset to OMS.”
Krueger back to Brooklyn
Busler said the Krueger’s switch to OMS “has been a great learning experience and she enjoyed serving at the middle school level again.”
Now, with her return to Brooklyn, he wrote, the time at OMS will be a benefit.
“Her work at OMS will be an asset as she works with Brooklyn Elementary School students, who one day will become middle school students,” he wrote. “She is looking forward to returning to her former school and working with the greater Brooklyn school community.”
Olander staying at RCI
Olander joined the Oregon School District in 2004 as a special education teacher at Oregon High School and has served as an administrative Intern at Brooklyn Elementary, Prairie View Elementary and RCI.
Busler said Olander’s time as an administrative intern has “given her the opportunity to touch the lives of over 1,600 students.”
“She is very excited to further her work at RCI and continue serving our fifth- and sixth-grade students and families,” he wrote.