By James Mayer
The Reynolds School Board chose Linda Florence, the head of the Ontario School District, to be its next superintendent.
The board voted Wednesday to approve a three-year contract with Florence, who is finishing her third year at the eastern Oregon district.
“I am honored that the Reynolds School District board of directors selected me as its next superintendent,” she said. “While Reynolds has many challenges, I view those challenges as opportunities to bring stakeholders together into a common vision that focuses on reaching each and every child’s potential.”
Florence beat out three other finalists following meetings with local groups and closed-door interviews with the board last week. She will replace Joyce Hendstrand, who is retiring at the end of June.
Florence said that between now and July 1, she will meet with the board to set next year’s goals, hold a public “meet and greet” and fill two vacant executive positions, a deputy superintendent and a finance director.
Florence received her undergraduate degree in English, language arts and speech from Oakland University in Michigan, a master’s degree in English from Western Oregon University and administrator’s and superintendent’s licenses through Portland State University.
She has completed the coursework for a doctorate in educational policy, foundations and administration at PSU. Only the dissertation remains.
She was assistant principal at McNary High School in Salem-Keizer
, where she had taught English, and principal of Gervais High School and then Central High School in Monmouth-Independence. She served as superintendent of the Culver School District for four years before moving to the Ontario job.