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News Release
Matt Utterback
Matt Utterback
North Clackamas School Board commends Superintendent (Photo) - 03/09/18

Matt Utterback receives praise for student achievement, equity, fiscal responsibility focus

The Board of Directors of the North Clackamas School District has completed its evaluation of Superintendent Matt Utterback and is pleased to announce superlative assessments in all categories contained within the Superintendent Evaluation process.

In his sixth year as superintendent, Matt Utterback is commended for developing diverse services and programs to meet each individual student's needs, while continually working towards improvements for historically underserved students and emphasizing equity of opportunity for all. His clarity of purpose, inclusion of the entire community, and focus upon student achievement has been recognized within the State as Oregon's Superintendent of the year, and in 2017 recognized as National Superintendent of the Year.

Achievement: The Board commends Superintendent Utterback for his continued focus upon quality instructional practices and consequent increases in student achievement, with interventions to assure historically underserved student populations continue positive growth in all areas. It is particularly noteworthy that under his leadership, with indefatigable efforts to reduce truancy combined with clarity and focus utilizing the six Key Performance Indicators for student success, graduation rates are now the highest in the history of this school district, and one of the highest of the largest school districts in the state. With outreach and inclusion, the achievement and opportunity gap between historically underserved students and all students was eliminated.

Equity: With a focus upon equitable opportunities for all children while honoring cultural backgrounds as well as the needs of each individual child, Superintendent Utterback's passion for equity has resulted in positive growth not only among staff, but also among students and the entire community. Students are becoming less tolerant of inappropriate behaviors related to race, gender, or national origins and are working collaboratively to ensure that all have the opportunities to succeed. The outreach and inclusion insisted upon by Superintendent Utterback has proven to be a hallmark of success in our district.

Resources and Quality Programs: The district maintains an excellent credit rating and a strong, self-insured employee health care plan. This allows the district to provide better than average benefits and consequently attract highly skilled staff. The most recent district audit demonstrated strong fiscal management, with no issues.
Continued development of wrap-around services to students and families included additional health care services utilizing outside funding with no impact on the district's general fund.
Educational Specifications for our professional-technical center at Sabin-Schellenberg reflect the growing emphasis on Career and Technical Education (CTE). The Board appreciates this thorough and timely assessment, as it indicates our Superintendent's leadership and support of the significance of CTE as a source of enjoyable and enriching electives for students, and as true career paths many students may pursue.

Matt Utterback is an exceedingly competent, confident superintendent, and has excelled in articulating a vision of high quality instruction and equitable educational practices within the guidelines of our Strategic Plan, as well as within the parameters of the formal evaluation goals. He is an ethical leader who models integrity in his actions with district staff, the Board, and the community, and exhibits a deep understanding of the requirements for being an accomplished Superintendent. The Board extends heartfelt thanks for his commitment, passion and inexhaustible energy for the North Clackamas School District, and looks forward to his continued outstanding work.

Dr. Rein Vaga, Board Chair
On behalf of the North Clackamas School District Board of Directors