Kraig Sproles, assistant superintendent of Salem-Keizer School District. (Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter)
Assistant superintendent Kraig Sproles is leaving the Salem-Keizer School District for a job running the Bethel School District in Eugene.
Sproles came to Salem in 2018 after working as principal of an Albany elementary school. He was hired as a district administrator overseeing academic achievement and promoted to the assistant superintendent job in 2019, overseeing district elementary schools.
“It’s definitely bittersweet. I’m excited to take this step and I’m excited to work in Bethel and all of the opportunity that represents and also incredibly sad to be leaving our family here and our community here," Sproles said.
Sproles said he was proud to be part of the work the district has done to address racial equity in the classroom through reconsidering school discipline and academics, both ongoing projects. He said he was also proud of Salem-Keizer's pandemic response, including bringing students back to in-person classes earlier than many other large Oregon districts.
“I’m proud of our teachers and our relationship with our bargaining unit which allowed us to be the first large school district to welcome kids back to school," Sproles said.
Sproles, who lives in Corvallis, said he intends to move his family to the Eugene area after his youngest daughter finishes high school this year. He will leave Salem-Keizer at the end of June and start his new job July 1.