BEND, OR -- Madras High School will have new principals this fall, and they're familiar faces. Two are former Bend High principals, Mark Neffendorf and H.D. Weddel. Neffendorf left Bend to take a job in Tigard, and Weddel left in 2014 to become the chaplain of OSU's football team. But, he says Division I football can undergo change. "You know, when I left Bend High, which I loved, to go to OSU to work alongside Coach Riley. In December, Coach Riley took a job with the University of Nebraska. Well, as much as I love the huskers, we're Oregonians and love it."
Weddel tells KBND he heard about the principal openings at Madras High from his friend, State Superintendent Ron Saxton. "I looked at it, and walked the campus with students and it was great. It was such a warm, good place. So, I called Mark Neffendorf and told him about the couple of openings and said 'Let's see if it works!' And we did."
Neffendorf was Weddel's predecessor at BSH and will serve as Principal at Madras High. He left Bend to take a principal job with the Tigard School District, but was also looking to move back to Central Oregon. Weddel will join Nate Tyler as the two Vice Principals.
Weddel acknowledges being VP at Madras High will be different than in Bend, but he's looking forward to the challenge. "I'm humbled by the opportunity to work with them. The population is different, no question aboutthat. The poverty rate is much higher, well over 70% in the high school. They've got some things like that, but great opporunities." Community forums will be held Tuesday, June 30 for students and parents to get a chance to meet all three new administrators.