PSU/GSE alumnus Randy Schild ’94, ’96, ’01, is the 2015 Oregon Superintendent of the Year. He is a graduate of both GSE Educational Administrator programs, IAL and CAL, and holds an MST from the PSU’s School of Business Administration. He is the superintendent of Tillamook School District.
Not too many superintendents can say this, but Randy Schild actually attended first grade through high school in his district. He left town briefly to earn his degrees at PSU, then returned as a business teacher, coach, and administrator before becoming superintendent 14 years ago.
Mr. Schild earned his administrative credentials through the GSE as part of the Salem IAL cohort with GSE faculty Dan Johnson and Wink Miller. “Randy was working in the Tillamook school district and drove over to Salem every Monday evening to be part of our cohort,” says Dr. Johnson. “He was a very thoughtful student – engaging – and a great team player. Clearly he had much to offer, and we knew he would be a first class administrator. He was well respected by his peers and teaching team as well.” Dr. Johnson admits he missed one class – due to extreme flooding in 1996 that cut off all roads from Tillamook. He was excused.
Tillamook school district has 2,000 students in six buildings, with about 60 percent qualifying for free and reduced lunch. Oregon’s coastal communities are not wealthy, but that doesn’t prevent Superintendent Schild from finding rich opportunities to help students.
Tillamook participates in a TEACHOregon Project that receives funding to better prepare teachers. Mr. Schild, commented, “Tillamook School District is very excited to work with fellow districts and colleges to help create a system where our highest need students will be better served. TEACHOregon takes a bold and courageous step toward expanding the quality and diversity of our future teaching force.”
Among other things, Mr. Schild was cited for the award for his focus on all-day kindergarten to ensure that students are ready to read by first grade. In only two years, exiting kindergarteners’ reading scores increased dramatically – especially for students from low income households. In addition, as a life-long Tillamook citizen, Mr. Schild is known for his involvement in the community and has cultivated many partnerships with business leaders and educational organizations that have benefited students.
As Oregon’s 2015 Superintendent of the Year, he is automatically entered in the 2015 National Superintendent of the Year award, to be named in February. He will also be recognized in June at the COSA Annual Conference in Seaside, Oregon.
The award is sponsored by the Oregon Association of School Executives (OASE) and the Confederation of Oregon School Administrators (COSA).