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School Board selects Dr. Coakley as Superintendent

Dr. Paul Coakley, Superintendent

The Centennial School District Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Dr. Paul E. Coakley has been selected to be the district’s Superintendent effective July 1, 2017. Dr. Coakley has been serving as the Interim Superintendent since last July.
“We’ve had a chance to work with Paul as our Interim Superintendent for the past several months. The School Board likes the energy and steady hand he brings to the position,” Board Chair Shar Giard said. “After watching Paul work and comparing what we wanted in our next Superintendent, it was an easy decision to ask him if he would continue as our next Superintendent. We are excited that he said — yes.”

Dr. Coakley began his school administrator career in 2008 as the Principal of Hudson Park Elementary School in the Rainier School District, Rainier, Oregon. After six years as Principal, he became Rainier’s Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum & Instruction. In 2014, Dr. Coakley was hired by Centennial School District as Assistant Superintendent/Human Resources Director. Before becoming a school administrator, he taught in Portland Public Schools and in Champaign, IL. A frequent presenter at state and national conferences on a variety of education topics, Dr. Coakley also serves as a Professor at Portland State University in the school administrator Initial Administrative Licensure program and on the Oregon Leadership Network Executive Committee.
Dr. Coakley has a Doctorate of Educational Leadership and a Masters of Education degree in Curriculum and Instruction, both from Portland State University.

“We must always keep our focus on ensuring that every child succeeds while at the same time supporting the teachers and administrators who work tirelessly on their behalf,” Coakley said. “I grew up and went to school in neighboring Gresham, so I know this area well. I am thrilled the Centennial School Board has confidence that I can lead our great staff and students to a successful future.

Last fall, the Centennial School Board opened a superintendent search. As part of the search, the Board conducted an information gathering tour of district stakeholders including staff, community and students to identify the characteristics expected in their next superintendent. During the past year the School Board, staff and community have also been able to observe Dr. Coakley’s work as Interim Superintendent. In deliberating how to proceed with the search, the School Board realized that his performance as Interim Superintendent matches well the characteristics sought by the district stakeholders for the position. After weighing its options, the School Board decided to fill the position rather than continue the search for external candidates.