REDMOND, OR -- Just a week after the departure of Redmond High Principal Tony Pupo was announced, his replacement has already been selected. Superintendent Mike McIntosh admits the decision to promote Assistant Principal Paul Nolan was quick, but says the direction was clear after speaking with the school’s leadership staff, earlier this week. McIntosh tells KBND News, "It was just week ago that I announced Tony was leaving, and a week later we announced our replacement in Paul. It’s pretty rapid, but I don’t believe we shortchanged or did anything knee-jerk. I think there was considerable contemplation and considerable input and very clear direction on behalf of that leadership team." He adds, "As the conversation proceeded, we got down to ‘do you want to post it far and wide and try and find somebody to match that description or do you feel comfortable with the internal candidates?’ They looked at each other and discussed that for quite some time. And decided ‘we believe with all our heart that there are internal people that are the exact people we want.’"
Prior to joining Redmond High as an Assistant Principal in 2014, Nolan was a teacher for the Pendleton School District. He’ll take over as Principal in July, when Pupo moves into his new job at the district office.
Nolan will be Redmond High's fifth principal in six years. McIntosh says that instability was a consideration. "The elephant in the room was that there has been some fairly significant wounds created by the high school principalship turnover – there’s been a fairly constant shift in leadership there. I’m having confidence that Paul is the next constant."