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ron_nasoNorth Clackamas School District Superintendent Ron Naso has been named the 2007 Oregon Superintendent of the Year by the Oregon Association of School Executives (OASE).  The Superintendent of the Year Award is presented annually to recognize chief administrators who exemplify excellence and achievement in educational leadership. 

Recognized “first and foremost as an instructional leader,” according to Assistant Superintendent Matt Utterback, Naso has successfully met the challenges of growth and change since he became superintendent in 1995.  Student enrollment in North Clackamas now stands at 17,300, up more than 30 percent in the past dozen years.

“We have evolved from a district that was primarily white and middle class to a school community that has seen a 400 percent increase in the number of students (2,000) identified as English language learners and more than double the number of students (6,200) who qualify for free and reduced lunch,” Utterback said.  “To meet the needs of students from different cultures and backgrounds, Ron has diversified our schools.”

Under Naso’s leadership, North Clackamas has added alternative high school programs, magnet schools (including a bilingual elementary school), charter schools, college credit courses (with 3,600 students enrolled last year), and more than 20 professional-technical programs that partner with higher education.  Today, more than 90 percent of North Clackamas graduating seniors exceed state graduation requirements, and the dropout rate is at an all-time low.

"Ron Naso is the kind of individual that sees the entire picture for education. He knows it doesn't exist in a box, and that community and commerce are parts of the equation,” North Clackamas Chamber of Commerce President Wilda Parks said.  “His thoughtful, measured style of leadership, and ability to not only see the vision but determine the steps to get to the result, are elements of his leadership. As a former member of the Board of Directors of the Chamber he has assisted in furthering our relationship with education and keeping the business community involved."

Prior to his tenure in North Clackamas, Naso served as Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum in Wichita, Kansas; Assistant Superintendent in Frederick County, Maryland; and Superintendent of Schools in Clearview, Ohio.  He received his Master of Arts in Teaching from John Carroll University and his Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Darmouth College.

He succeeds South Lane School District Superintendent Krista Parent as Oregon’s Superintendent of the Year.  Parent was selected by AASA last spring as National Superintendent of the Year.

Superintendent of the Year finalists are measured against the following criteria: leadership for learning, communication, professionalism and community involvement.  Four national Superintendent of the Year finalists will be chosen from among the 50 state winners to meet with the President in Washington, D.C.

Naso will be recognized October 24 at the North Clackamas Chamber of Commerce Leadership Luncheon; at the 61st Annual Oregon School Boards Association Convention in Portland, November 8-11; at the Oregon Superintendents and Central Office Administrators Annual Conference at Salishan, January 30-February 1, 2008; at the 2008 AASA National Conference on Education in Tampa, Florida on February 15, 2008; and at the annual COSA Conference in Seaside, June 18-20, 2008.

This page was last updated on Tuesday, October 09, 2007 .