The Confederation of Oregon School Administrators (COSA) announced that Scio High School Principal, Bryan Starr, is Oregon’s 2013 high school principal of the year. Bryan Starr is a 1994 graduate of the PSU Initial Administrator Licensure program. He has worked as an administrator in Mt. Angel, Silver Falls, and Lincoln County school districts. He is in his fifth year as principal at Scio High School and his 33rd year as an educator.
Under his leadership, students at Scio High School have more than doubled math test rates and are making impressive gains in writing and reading. Scio High School, in partnership with Linn Benton Community College, offers students opportunities for college credit through their College Credit Now program: math, language arts, child development, agriculture, forestry, and welding. Over 75 percent of high school students participate in extracurricular activities, and the school has strong agriculture and forestry programs. In 2012, Scio High School had an extraordinary graduation rate of 100 percent.
But Principal Starr isn’t just about the numbers. On any given school day, he can be found in the hallways during breaks connecting with students and being a role model. He even steers a weekly cookie cart around to classes to reward students for perfect attendance. Bryan Starr considers the entire high school staff an important part of his educational team and holds quarterly meetings to involve them in school improvement decisions. He makes it a point to learn the names of all of his 200+ students.
“Bryan is known for his dependability, care, and support of his colleagues, and a deep and abiding commitment to kids,” says Professor Dan Johnson, longtime cohort leader in the Educational Administrator program. “He also always seems to rise to the challenge, whatever it might be. These qualities are pervasive in all that he does.”
Bryan Starr is a board member of COSA and is president of the Oregon Association of Secondary School Administrators. The state award is sponsored by Insight and the national award is sponsored by Met Life.