By Starla Pointer • Staff Writer • 

Saxton's back

Former Mac High principal tours the district

Starla Pointer/News-Register

Former McMinnville High School Principal Rob Saxton -- who still does a mean Grizzly Stomp, by the way -- visited McMinnville schools today in his new capacity, as deputy superintendent of Oregon schools.

Saxton was named to the statewide position last year. He had been superintendent of Tigard-Tualatin and Sherwood schools in the years since leaving McMinnville.

He was clearly tickled to meet McMinnville students. He checked out the sciences experiences Newby fifth-graders were participating in at Miller Woods; visited math and early literacy classes; then met with staff and students in the SOAR broadcasting program.

This afternoon, he'll sit down for an interview with SOAR's young journalists. He will finish up with a visit to his old Grizzly stomping grounds at Mac High.

Saxton, a Linfield College graduate, said it was good to be back in McMinnville. And he was impressed by what his former school district is doing under the leadership of Superintendent Maryalice Russell.

He said the district has done a great job of creating a program of constant feedback, which helps lead to constant improvement, for both students and staff. "Districts that do that are highly successful," he said, "and McMinnville is exceptional.

"People here should be proud of their schools."

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