FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 4, 2017
Gresham-Barlow School Board selects next superintendent
Dr. Katrise Perera to lead school district beginning July 1
The Gresham-Barlow School Board on May 4 unanimously approved selecting Dr. Katrise Perera to serve as the school district’s superintendent of schools beginning July 1. In December of 2016 Superintendent Jim Schlachter announced he would retire at the end of the 2016-17 school year.
Dr. Perera is the former national director of urban markets division with McGraw Hill Education. Prior to her work with McGraw Hill, she served as superintendent of the Isle of Wight County Schools in Smithfield, Virginia for four years. During that time she received the National Association of School Superintendents 2015 Superintendent of the Year Award.
Dr. Perera’s extensive experience as an educator includes classroom teacher, middle school principal, assessment director, and area/regional superintendent of the Houston School District which serves more than 200,000 students.
The school board retained the services of Ray and Associates, Inc. to coordinate its superintendent search. Ray and Associates met with the school board, key district personnel, community leaders, and conducted surveys and held various district meetings to determine the qualities and characteristics most desired in the new superintendent.
During the search process, Ray and Associates, Inc. made over 794 contacts from 46 states. They received 59 completed applications. Individuals interviewed for the position were chosen based on the criteria developed by the district.
The school board interviewed semi-finalists for the position on April 10. On April 21 and 22 the school board conducted interviews with the finalists. The school board is pleased with the objective process, the recruiting and vetting of candidates, and the attention afforded the search.
View Dr. Katrise Perera’s Education Leadership Professional Bio