By HERB SWETT
For the Keizertimes
Paula A. Radich, who retired last year as superintendent of the Newberg School District, was named interim superintendent of the Salem-Keizer district Tuesday at a special School Board meeting.
Radich will hold the interim position from Jan. 1 through June 30, succeeding Sandy Husk, who is resigning to become chief executive officer of AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination), a San Diego-based nonprofit that helps high school seniors obtain college educations.
One of two candidates interviewed by the board in a recent executive session, Radich was chosen by a 5-2 vote. Board members opposing her appointment were Chuck Lee and Jeff Faville. Lee said he thought the interim leader should have experience in the Salem-Keizer district, and Faville said simply that he preferred the other candidate.
Radich received a bachelor of arts degree in language arts and elementary education from Marylhurst College (now Marylhurst University) in 1969. She received a master of science in education degree educational administration and reading from Portland State University in 1974 and a doctor of education degree in educational administration from Washington State University in 1992.
She taught at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Portland and Rose Lodge Elementary School in Lincoln City before becoming principal of Delake Elementary School, also in Lincoln City. Next came principal positions at Taft High School in Lincoln City and Butler Acres Elementary School in Kelso, Wash.
After one year (1983-84) as Butler Acres principal, Radich became principal of Kelso High School. She held that position from 1984 to 1994 and from 1987 to 1994 was also vocational director for the Kelso School District. She was assistant superintendent of the Kelso district from 1994 to 1999, when she became superintendent in Newberg.
Radich said in her resume that in Newberg she “implemented a governance model characterized by frequent and timely communication, transparency, integrity and accountability.”
Working with the board of directors, she said, she “developed two cycles of strategic plans emphasizing public engagement. Strategic plans focused on student achievement goals, career and college readiness and professional and leadership development for all staff.”
Radich reported having implemented Common Core standards one year early and reduced the district’s dropout rate from 6.5 percent in 2000 to 2.2 percent in 2011. She said six of the nine schools in the Newberg district were rated outstanding on the 2011-12 Annual Oregon Report Card.
Honors listed in her resume included Chehalem Valley Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year in 2011 and Oregon Superintendent of the Year in 2010.