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Springfield School District Appoints Acting Superintendent


At a special meeting Thursday night the Springfield School Board formally selected Assistant Superintendent Sue Reike-Smith to be the district's Acting Superintendent. She will take over for Hertica Martin who announced her resignation Monday.

Reike-Smith says besides the contractual duties of a superintendent, she plans to keep doing what she always does, visit schools and interface with teachers and students. The focus of her new role is on the last ten weeks of school.

:17 "… quality instruction, multi-tiered interventions for students and certainly the commitment to equity of outcome for all. That work continues and I have no reason to change course at this point because it's the right work, it’s the right direction and we've got the right people at the helm doing it." 

Reike-Smith came to Springfield this school year. Prior to that, she worked for Salem-Keizer public schools where she won 2011 Oregon Middle School Principal of the year. As Interim Superintendent, Reike-Smith will retain her salary of $127,000 plus benefits. The board will wait until year's end to discuss who should fill the position permanently.

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Tiffany joined the KLCC News team in 2007. She studied journalism at the University of Missouri-Columbia and has worked in a variety of media including television and daily print news. For KLCC, Tiffany reports on health care, social justice and local/regional news. She has won awards from Oregon Associated Press, PRNDI, and Education Writers Association.