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Parkrose, Oregon- Last week, Parkrose High School held an assembly where they recognized Principal Molly Ouche as Oregon’s High School Principal of the Year. This award is decided by the Oregon Association of Secondary School Administrators and Ouche was nominated by Parkrose School District Superintendent, Michael Lopes-Serrao.

St. Helens, Oregon- Last week during a staff meeting at St. Helens Middle School, Principal Cris Gwilliam was surprised with the announcement that he was the 2024 recipient of the Oregon Middle School Principal of the Year Award. Gwilliam was nominated by his superintendent for his outstanding leadership, collaboration and innovation in leading St. Helens Middle School through significant transitions over the last year.

Chiloquin, Oregon- Last week, Chiloquin Elementary held an assembly where they recognized Principal Rita Hepper as Oregon’s Elementary Principal of the Year. This award is decided by the Oregon Association of Elementary School Principals and Hepper was nominated by Dr. Doris Ellison, Klamath County School District’s Director of Elementary Curriculum.

The Coalition of Oregon School Administrators (COSA) has named Jerome “Jerry” Colonna, retired school superintendent and lifelong educator, the recipient of the COSA Lifetime Achievement Award for 2024. Colonna was presented with the award by COSA Deputy Executive Director, Dr. Krista Parent on April 10th at his home in Bend, Oregon. Colonna is the first recipient of this award, and moving forward, it will be named the COSA Jerome Colonna Lifetime Achievement Award.

Athena Vadnais, APR, was awarded the 2023-24 School Communicator of the Year by the Oregon School Public Relations Association (OSPRA) at its conference in Eugene, Oregon. 

Vadnais, the director of communications and community engagement for the Gresham-Barlow School District, was recognized for her exemplary work and leadership in school public relations.

“I am passionate about bringing the community together to support our schools and the students we serve,” said Vadnais. “It is an honor and a privilege to be named School Communicator of the Year.”

Salem, Oregon- The Oregon Association of Central Office Administrators (OACOA) Executive Committee and the Coalition of Oregon School Administrators (COSA) are proud to announce the recipient of the OACOA annual Achievement of Excellence award is Erika Bare, Assistant Superintendent of Ashland School District.

The COSA Board of Directors is pleased to announce Dr. Krista Parent as the next COSA Executive Director, effective July 1, 2024. This appointment concludes a six-month search process led by Human Capital Enterprises, a strategic talent acquisition firm with Northwest roots that focuses on public education and nonprofit leadership searches. Their search involved multiple listening sessions with key constituents in Oregon.

(Salem, Ore.) The Oregon Association of Secondary School Administrators (OASSA) and the Coalition of Oregon School Administrators (COSA) have named Sean Radford, Sutherlin High School Assistant Principal in Sutherlin School District, the 2024 Oregon Assistant Principal of the Year.

November 16, 2023

The COSA Board is actively seeking the next COSA Executive Director.

The next COSA Executive Director will bring a clear stance of equity and will start July 1, 2024. To apply, to learn more about what we are seeking, and to learn more about the role, please visit our landing page at:

The application deadline is Friday, December 8 at 1:00 pm Pacific Time.

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November 9, 2023

Dear Superintendent Guerrero and Portland Public Schools Community,

Superintendents from around the state have watched the news out of Portland unfold over the last week with concern and with empathy for all involved. We are encouraged to see recent news reports that mediation sessions are scheduled and both sides are coming to the table with proposals that are student-focused and intended to bring a swift end to this strike.


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