Frank Porter is superintendent of the Rio Linda Union School District, which serves about 10,000 students in 22 elementary schools in northern Sacramento County, including the communities of McClellan Park, North Highlands, Rio Linda, Foothill Farms, and North Natomas.
Mr. Porters thirty-two year career in education includes nearly 10 years in the Buckeye USD in El Dorado County where he served as a teacher and assistant principal. He has been in the trenches of education as a bus driver and instructional assistant before rising through the ranks as a classroom teacher, principal, and district administrator.
He began his career in the Rio Linda USD in 1985 as the principal of Pioneer School, which achieved recognition as a California Distinguished School in 1989. In 1991, he was named principal of Allison School, which became one of the first schools in the district to fully implement the highly regarded Reading Recovery and Accelerated Reader programs. In 1999 he was named director of administrative services, and in 2000 he became the assistant superintendent for educational services. Mr. Porter was appointed superintendent of RLUSD in July 2001. In 2004, Mr. Porter was selected as the Association of California Region III Superintendent of the Year in recognition of his outstanding leadership.
During Mr. Porters leadership in the Rio Linda USD, eight (8) of the districts elementary schools have earned California Distinguished School Awards and nine (9) elementary schools have earned Title One Achieving School Awards. In addition, the Districts first National Blue Ribbon Award was earned in 2006.
Mr. Porter has established a solid record of leadership, including the successful passage of two major facility bonds; Measure N bond drive in November 2002 and Measure P in November 2006. Measure N resulted in the construction of state-of-the-art library media centers throughout the school district and the construction of the districts first school in North Natomas. Measure P will provide local matching funding to modernize existing campuses, build two new schools, and fund several joint-use projects.
Mr. Porter is actively engaged with the community, and has served on a wide range of local, regional, and statewide leadership positions including: Association of California School Administrators Superintendency Council; Sacramento Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce Workforce Development and Education Committee; and on the Board of Directors of LEED (Linking Education and Economic Development.) His leadership interests have included the development and growth of the Rio Linda Educational Foundation; initiating and expanding a Sacramento regional Project Lead the Way (science, technology, engineering, and math curriculum for grades 6-12) initiative that now serves over 1,000 students in 14 schools and 6 school districts; extensive involvement in community affairs and creating joint-use partnerships with local recreation/park districts, City of Sacramento, and the County of Sacramento.
Hal & Lisa Morris for Frank Porter.
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