REDMOND, OR -- Redmond High has had five Principals since 2010, none lasting longer than two years. Paul Nolan was promoted from Assistant Principal in 2016, replacing Tony Pupo who took a job at the district office; Nolan resigned earlier this month.
Redmond Superintendent Mike McIntosh tells KBND News, "There’s been, it seems like, a revolving door. And I want to just say publicly and formally that we can victimize ourselves and say, ‘oh poor me, we have to go through this again.’ Or, we can take an opportunity, as Redmond High School is doing right now, in supporting the class of 2018. They graduate in two weeks and they deserve our best and our only attention. And so, they've [staff have] stepped up."
With Nolan's resignation so close to the end of the school year, McIntosh admits it leaves a tight timeframe to choose a replacement before summer, "The process to replace Principal Nolan is underway. We want to include staff and students in the process, so to get them we have to get it all done before June 14. We believe there will be on-site interviews as early as next week." He says he wants everyone at the school involved in selecting the next principal in an effort to find someone with longevity. "What Redmond has the opportunity to do today – there’s been a survey that the staff has filled out, to help shape what they want. They’re going to define using words like ‘caring,’ ‘passionate,’ ‘compassionate.’ I think that’s the right approach. We’re going to create the condition, then we’re going to find the person that matches it."
Prior to Nolan, Pupo served as RHS principal from 2014-2016, until he was tapped to become the district's Director of Support Services. He replaced Nicole MacTavish when she left for a job in Idaho; she was also Principal just two years. Prior to MacTavish, Lee Loving had the job for one year, as he awaited the opening of Ridgeview High. He took over in October 2011, when Brian Lemos was fired after a year on the job.