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Superintendent Christy Perry

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Christy Perry

Christy Perry is superintendent of Salem-Keizer Public Schools, the second largest school district in Oregon. She has extensive experience in education, having served as a superintendent in Oregon for more than a decade, with added experience as a director of human resources, elementary school principal, university instructor, and 5th and 6th grade teacher. She has devoted herself to education and is a relentless advocate for achievement for all students.

Native Oregonian

Superintendent Perry is a native Oregonian, raised in the coastal community of Reedsport. She attended college at Oregon universities, earning bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education at Western Oregon University and an administrative license from Portland State University.

Business Knowledge

She also has an entrepreneurial background as her husband and family are small business owners, and she values the perspective she’s gained about business and its connection to education from her family’s business endeavors.

Community Involvement

Being engaged with the community is important to Superintendent Perry, and she serves on several local and state educational and civic boards to develop and grow community partnerships. She is part of the Governor’s Council for Educator Advancement, Family Building Blocks, Salem Rotary, Marion and Polk County Early Learning Hubs, South Metro-Salem Stem Hub Executive Committee, Confederation of Oregon School Administrators, and Oregon Association of School Executives. She works closely with government agencies, local law enforcement, the faith community, and area businesses and nonprofit organizations because she believes a community that works together can provide the highest level of education and care for students.


Under Superintendent Perry’s leadership, Salem-Keizer Public Schools is committed to its vision: All students graduate and are prepared for a successful life. Superintendent Perry believes mindset matters because how we think translates to what we do, and how we care for our students and community is critical to educating the next generation of adults.

Superintendent News

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School Report Cards Demonstrate Salem-Keizer Learning Initiatives Spur Growth

October 10, 2017|Comments Off on School Report Cards Demonstrate Salem-Keizer Learning Initiatives Spur Growth

Salem-Keizer Public Schools serves one of the most diverse populations in the state, and those unique needs are highlighted in the Oregon Department of Education’s annual Report Cards. Those cards also reflect how student [...]

  • State Results Demonstrate Growth, Particularly in middle schools

State results demonstrate growth, particularly in middle schools

September 23, 2017|Comments Off on State results demonstrate growth, particularly in middle schools

Eighth-graders tested above the state average in language arts and math for the first time in more than a decade. SALEM, Oregon—The Oregon Department of Education today released the 2016-17 state assessment results. For [...]

  • LIsa Harlan and Christy Perry at Chapman Hill

Chapman Hill’s parent club treats school to coffee

May 3, 2017|Comments Off on Chapman Hill’s parent club treats school to coffee

Chapman Hill Elementary School's parent club treated the entire school to coffee and smoothies on May 1, 2017 for Teacher Appreciation Week. Superintendent Christy Perry and Elementary Education Director Lisa Harlan helped out [...]