Musick named interim superintendent in Lake Oswego
Lake Oswego School Board members made it official Monday night: Dr. Michael Musick will serve as the district's interim superintendent for one year, beginning on July 1.
Musick will replace Dr. Heather Beck, who is leaving after the current school year to become deputy head of school for the Canadian International School in Singapore. Musick's appointment, which was tentatively approved in early January, was ratified Monday by unanimous vote.
The board is expected to launch a nationwide search for a permanent superintendent soon, school officials said.
Musick currently serves as assistant superintendent for school leadership; the district's 10 principals report directly to him. Since joining the LOSD in 2015, he has led the district's efforts to improve student achievement. For example, he established Academic Support Centers for all students, especially those who are struggling, as part of targeted intervention programs that aim to improve graduation rates.
During his tenure, Musick has worked to provide more challenging opportunities for students. The district now allows all incoming freshmen to take honors English if they want, for example, and significantly more fifth-graders now have access to more rigorous math classes.
Musick also was part of the team that researched and studied children's and teens' biorhythms and worked on logistics last year to make school start times later for teen students.
"When I started out as a teacher in 1982, I witnessed how districts and schools could fail or save kids," Musick said. "I have spent my entire career working to ensure all students are highly successful."
Musick's appointment drew immediate praise from Beck, who said she has "great confidence in Mike's abilities."
"He will continue to deepen our work around 'all means all' in order to reach our goal of a 100 percent graduation rate," she said. "His ability to support our principals has led to such positive outcomes for our students. It has been a pleasure to work with him and I am excited for him to take the helm of such an engaged district."
School Board Chair John Wallin echoed Beck's praise.
"The School Board is very pleased to be able to continue the work begun by Dr. Beck," Wallin said, pointing to Musick's role in helping to craft two consecutive three-year strategic plans. The current plan focuses on diversity, equity and inclusion; career and college success; facilities and infrastructure; and communications and community relations.
"We are grateful that Dr. Beck remains our superintendent for another five months," Wallin said, "and we are glad that Dr. Musick has five months to work closely with her to ensure a seamless transfer of leadership."
Before joining the LOSD, Musick served as the instructional superintendent of secondary schools at Blueprint Schools Network, which has a partnership with Denver Public Schools in Colorado. He has also held other leadership positions, such as achievement director for JeffCo Public Schools in Colorado; principal at Conifer High School in Conifer, Colo.; and principal at Construction Careers Center Charter High School in St. Louis, Mo.
Musick received his doctorate in education administration at St. Louis University, his master's in education administration at Northeast Missouri State University and his bachelor's in business administration at Culver-Stockton College. He and his wife Beth live in West Linn and have two children, Lauren and Michael.