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The Superintendent works closely with the Cabinet and the School Board to manage district operations.
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The School Board unanimously voted to appoint Sue Rieke-Smith as Springfield Superintendent.
“I am glad to be able to continue working with the talented and dedicated teachers, classified staff and administrators across our district. Getting to know our staff across the district during the last year, and especially the last few months, has been rewarding. I appreciate the hard work they all do on behalf of our students,” said Rieke-Smith.
Rieke-Smith had been appointed as acting superintendent by the School Board on April 16 after Dr. Hertica Martin submitted her resignation, and served as the interim superintendent for the start of the 2015-2016 school year.
“We have great faith in Sue’s ability to lead our schools. She is more than able to keep the focus on students – where it belongs – and she will work tirelessly to support staff so that we can continue to provide our students with the best education possible,” reflected then Board Chair Nancy Bigley after the unanimous vote to appoint Rieke-Smith, who began the school year as assistant superintendent. Previously, Rieke-Smith had spent 14 years in Salem-Keizer Public Schools, beginning as a middle school teacher, moving on to principal, and eventually assuming a position as a district administrator.
“I chose to come to Springfield and live in this area because of the work this district has done relative to improving literacy and its focus on quality teaching, as well as for the commitment that I know folks here have to the success of their students,” said Rieke-Smith. “Springfield should be proud of the progress it has made, and I know our staff is ready to continue improving the education we provide. I am ready to support those efforts by serving our students, staff and community as acting superintendent.”
In an email to staff, Rieke-Smith listed the values that drive her work: equity of outcome for all children; collaborative work with staff and community; community partnerships to enrich what we can offer students; scalability and sustainability to ensure that the district's efforts have the positive long-term effects we expect; and educating the whole child.