Central Point School District chooses new superintendent to begin July 1

Current Central Point Elementary School principal Walt Davenport has been tapped to lead the district.

Posted: Feb 25, 2021 4:39 PM
Updated: Feb 25, 2021 5:04 PM

CENTRAL POINT, Ore. — The Central Point School District Board of Directors has named a new superintendent for the district, and he'll be a familiar face to many families.

The Board announced on Thursday that it will appont Walt Davenport, the current principal of Central Point Elementary School, to take over leadership of the district effective July 1.

Davenport has been principal of the elementary school for the past seven years. Prior to that, he was principal of Sams Valley Elementary, and Dean of Students at Crater High School. Before joining CPSD, Davenport was both a teacher and classified employee at Eagle Point High School.

"He offers successful leadership experience K-12, including experience at one of our rural schools and a deep understanding of the communities served by the district," CPSD said in a statement.

Current superintendent Samantha Steele announced in January that she would be retiring. Steele has served as superintendent since 2013, and said that her focus over the next few months will include assuring a smooth transition for the district.

The CPSD Board contracted a firm called Human Capital Enterprises to search for candidates. The Board decided on a two-part process, beginning with an internal search.

“We have many talented leaders in District 6 and the board’s decision to begin with an internal search was prudent, both in terms of costs for the process and in finding the best possible leader for the district. Walt’s knowledge of the district and the community will allow him to hit the ground running and build on the successes already in place,” said board chairwoman Autumn Chadbourne.

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