Saying Goodbye to a Friend

on Wednesday, May 11, 2016 Posted in Stories, Happenings, School Partnership Network

Last month we received word that Beaverton School Superintendent Jeff Rose will be leaving at the end of this school year to assume responsibilities as the new Superintendent of the Fulton County Schools in Atlanta, GA. No District Superintendent has been more supportive or involved with SPN since we launched this effort in March 2012.

As a matter of fact, Jeff was instrumental in helping us develop the model we have used to gather "Principals and Pastors" in 15 different school districts over the past 3 years. The idea for these gatherings was birthed in his office in discussion with Larry Whittlesey on how we could bring together the administrators from his 55 schools with the 125 pastors we knew who were serving in the Beaverton area. That first gathering on December 7, 2012 was not only an incredible success, but gave us a foundation to build upon in developing relationships with the other school districts in our local area.

Jeff leaves behind a tremendous legacy in Beaverton. In the press release announcing his impending move, Anne Bryan, Chair of the Beaverton School District Board, says, "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. 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. While Superintendent, he has strengthened staff, fostered positive relationships with students, and partnered with local and state education leaders." We couldn't agree more!

Thanks Jeff for being a true "servant leader". As a Superintendent you are impressive...... but as a "man of God" you are truly inspirational!