Beaverton superintendent Jeff Rose is pictured here with Fulton County School District Board President, Linda McCain (right).

Beaverton superintendent Jeff Rose is pictured here with Fulton County School District Board President, Linda McCain (right).

Fulton County School District

The head of one of Oregon’s largest school districts is likely headed to one of the biggest districts in the South.

Beaverton hired Superintendent Jeff Rose away from the Canby school district five years ago.

Now the Fulton County School System in Georgia is poised to do the same. Fulton County has more than 90,000 students, making it twice as big as any school district in Oregon.  

President of the Fulton County School Board, Linda McCain, said Rose met the criteria set out by the school community.

“This job requires a skill set often found among the top CEOs of Fortune 500 companies, and the Board has been diligent in making this choice,” McCain said. “We are confident we have the right new leader to help us continue to close our achievement gap and build on our current strengths.”

The Beaverton School Board chair, Anne Bryan, released a statement expressing gratitude for Rose’s work in Beaverton.  

“For the past five years, Superintendent Rose has shared his passion, talent and hard work with the students, staff and community of the Beaverton School District,” wrote Bryan in a prepared statement on the district’s web site. “As Superintendent, he directed the District through shrinking budgets, refocused efforts to promote equitable student achievement, inspired innovative classroom practices and galvanized the community to collectively support our students.”

Early in his tenure, Rose had to eliminate hundreds of positions during an economic downturn and relocate hundreds more teaching staff to new positions.

Rose is in the thick of another controversial process, as Beaverton re-draws school boundaries to make room for a new high school. Rose is still expected to submit a plan for boundaries this spring. Boundaries would change in time for the new high school to open in fall 2017.

“My five years in Beaverton have been tremendously rewarding,” Rose wrote on the Beaverton School District web site. “While my decision to transition to Fulton County Schools in Georgia has not been an easy one, I have faith that it is what is best for my family and for me.”