Superintendent: Colton School District, Colton Oregon


Notice of Open Administrative Position

Position: Superintendent

District: Colton School District

Location: Colton, Oregon

About the position:

The Colton School District Board of Directors is seeking a superintendent with an open and collaborative style to lead the district after the retirement of Linda Johnson after nine years as superintendent.

This is an excellent leadership opportunity for the right candidate. The board of directors is looking for an experienced administrator who has the skills to develop a strong working relationship with the board, who is able to inspire, motivate and empower teachers and staff and who is not only willing to listen but is also capable of making difficult decisions when necessary.

- Michael Lasher - Northwest Leadership Associates

About the District:

Colton School District is a lovely, rural school district in the foothills of Mount Hood with clear streams, clean air, and a committed and experienced staff who are dedicated to the children of the area.

Enrollment for the district stands at 618 and is up three percent over last year. The District has three school buildings on separate campuses within a short distance of one another. Elementary grades are K-5, middle school 6-8, and high school 9-12. The district has two principals, one K-8 and the other 9-12.

The board, administration, teachers, and staff are all committed to the success of students and the preparation of students for life after high school whether it be in vocational programs, college and university studies, or the world of work.
Colton enjoys a strong reputation for academic achievement and a 90% graduation rate. Even during the last recession, the district did not cut instructional days and still maintains a modest ending fund balance of approximately $1.3 million.

The board consists of five members and has been very stable in their stewardship of the district. There are a good relationships between the employee associations, the administration and the board.

Community commitment and support of Colton schools is clear. In November, the voters of the district passed a $1.5 million capital projects bond focused on building and classroom safety, communications systems, and roofing projects.

About the Community:

Less than hour from both Portland and Salem but a world away, Colton is an unincorporated community located in rural Clackamas County along Oregon Route 211. Colton is located between the communities of Molalla and Estacada near the Mt. Hood National Forest. Traditionally a logging and farming town, Colton has become a bedroom community to the greater Portland Metro area. The district is relatively large in physical size but lacks large developments; therefore, the area around Colton is characterized by fields and trees and has a distinctly rural feel.

The community are very proud of the Colton schools where volunteerism among district patrons is high. Parents are very engaged in the schools and care about their children’s progress, and as with most small districts the schools are the hub of the area.


The Board is interested in someone who is willing to commit to the district for a number of years and will consider a multi-year contract with salary from $101,000 - $117,000, full family medical, dental, and vision and PERS pickup are also included. The board would prefer the superintendent live within the district, but is flexible and willing to be accommodating.

The Board:

Joe Nelson (chair)
Jeff Lorenzini
Ken Raasch
Tim Behrens
Randy Johnson

Challenges and opportunities: 

  • Maintaining graduation rates and continue to focus on academic achievement; 
  • Ensuring the sound fiscal health of the district through careful spending, innovative approaches to reducing costs and exploring alternative revenue streams;
  • Overseeing of safety, communication, roofing and other facilities projects;
  • Supporting teachers with implementation of Common Core

Desired Qualities and Characteristics:

The Board of Directors, staff and community are seeking candidates with the following qualities and characteristics: 

  • An understanding of the culture and dynamics of rural communities;
  • A willingness to be highly visible in the community, in the classrooms and at school events;
  • Sound financial management skills and the ability to effectively communicate fiscal issues to the board, staff, and community;
  • An interest in the improvement of instruction and in assuring staff have the resources necessary to enhance classroom performance;
  • Strong communication skills with parents, community members, staff and students;
  • Familiarity with Oregon law, state and federal requirements, and district policy;
  • Experience with Special Education, collective bargaining and federal programs;
  • Demonstrates personal characteristics such as integrity, honesty, a sense of humor, and a heart for children;
  • A willingness to commit at least three to five years to the district

Application Procedures and Timeline:

Applications are due January 22, 2015; however, the district retains the option of accepting applications until the position is filled.

The board will select finalists on January 27, 2015 with interviews to occur during the week of February 2, 2015

Those interested in pursuing this position are urged to contact Northwest Leadership Associates through Michael Lasher at 541-969-6024 or at

A completed application packet should include: 

  • A completed application form available from Northwest Leadership Associates (contact information below.);
  • A letter of interest in the position;
  • A statement explaining how the candidate’s experience and training prepares him/her to address the challenges outlined in this posting (maximum of one page per challenge);
  • A resume including information about potential references;
  • Four letters of recommendation

All Application Materials Should Be Sent to either:

Michael Lasher
Northwest Leadership Associates
24 NW Mountain View Dr.
Roseburg, OR 97471


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