West Linn Tidings
By Linda Hundhammer
The West Linn-Wilsonville School District board of directors announced Monday night that William B. Rhoades has been selected to become the district’s next school superintendent. The terms of the agreement will be finalized within the next week or so.
“I am absolutely delighted,” said Roger Woehl, current West Linn-Wilsonville superintendent. “I think the school board made the best choice they could have made. I have had lots of opportunities to work with Bill, and he is very in tuned with our culture. The district is in good hands.”
Rhoades is currently the assistant superintendent for the Office of School Performance in the Hillsboro School District. Previously, he was the chief academic officer for the Bend-LaPine School District, and served in various administrative roles for the Woodburn School District for 10 years. He has a Ph.D. in education from the University of Oregon and a master’s of science degree, interdisciplinary studies from Western Oregon University.
Finding a new superintendent to take the place of Woehl, who will be retiring June 30, has been no small feat.
“This has been a huge amount of work,” said Mary Furrow, board chair. “The board checked over 100 references. What brought Bill to the front is the fact that he is an active listener. He asks probing questions, digs into the answers, develops his vision and adopts models. Then he works with others, and walks alongside his people to make things work.”
Rhoades has a distinguished record of transforming school systems into learning communities.
“In each of the districts I’ve worked, I have had the opportunity to collaborate with teams of incredible professionals in studying and setting ‘world class’ standards and in focusing our work and resources on those targets,” Rhoades said. “With the supportive community, empowered staff, and engaged students in the West Linn-Wilsonville School District, we have tremendous capacity, opportunity, and responsibility to support our students in achieving high levels of learning ‘for the world.’ I am excited about the challenge this vision brings and look forward to serving this community.”
The biggest challenge facing Rhoades as the new WL-WV superintendent will undoubtedly be the extensive $6 million budget shortfall. Until the state revenue forecast is confirmed later this month, the $6 million figure is just an estimate, but budget talks continue with discussion of cuts of programs and facilities and increased class size.
Rhoades’ compensation package is expected to be similar to that of Woehl’s who makes $135,000 plus health and pension benefits.
For more information on the new superintendent, and the superintendent search process, visit www.wlwv.k12.or.us.