It’s official. Sam Case Elementary’s new gymnasium was formally named “Rinearson Court” Tuesday night, in honor of ten year Superintendent Tom Rinearson, who is retiring in June.
Various school officials sang Rinearson’s praises of his intellectual as well as his human skills that he creatively put to work as chief of staff of the Lincoln County School District. School Board President Ron Beck and Board Member Liz Martin chronicled his ten years at the helm, focusing as much on his warm and engaging spirit as they did on his accomplishments, of which there are many. Certainly one that rose to the top was the successful passing of the 2010 $63 million dollar school bond that transformed the facilities of the school district and included a new high school for Waldport.
Board Chair Ron Beck roundly praised Rinearson for his leadership and his excellent working relationship with the school board over the ten years he’s been at the helm. Beck told News Lincoln County that he most admires Rinearson’s ability to find the right job for people within his administration. He also admired Rinearson’s ability to run a school district that is very much nine different communities BUT under one educational umbrella. Beck said Rinearson has a way to making sure all the rules are followed yet still allows the uniqueness of those nine communities to be expressed and honored.
Rinearson gave much praise to his mother who was in the audience for preparing him well for life. He remarked that his mom and dad were very fond of camping. Tom said he remembers well his father’s directive before they left a campground…”Always leave it better than you found it.” Rinearson said when he first arrived in Lincoln County he realized there was quite a job ahead of him but he detected a kind of excellence in the people of the county and the earnest interest of the school board to provide the best education possible for the children. Rinearson said although he and the school board have accomplished much, there is still more work to do. But he said, “I can say that I’m leaving the campground better than I found it.”
The school board is in the throes of casting their recruitment net across Oregon, if not the nation, to find a replacement for Tom Rinearson. Chairman Beck said as much as they’ll miss Tom’s calm and confident hand on the wheel it will motivate the board to find someone having many of Tom’s fine qualities but also a vision to lift the district and its children to the next level.
Beck’s right. Excellence comes in many packages. They’re always the same – but different.