REDMOND, OR -- Redmond High is, once again, on the hunt for a new principal. Superintendent Mike McIntosh says the school has been in a state of transition since May, when the last principal suddenly stepped down, "It was a late resignation in the school year; and there is certainly a ‘season,’ if you will, of hiring in our school system and we missed that. So, we’ve gone a different route with this year being a building year. We’ve hired HD Weddel, former Bend principal, and we have Tracy Renwick, who is my Secondary Curriculum Director, who are managing that building, which has given that staff, I think, a chance to heal and regroup."
McIntosh acknowledges the school needs a long-term leader. RHS has had five principals since 2010, none lasting longer than two years. He tells KBND News Weddel and Renwick are involved in creating the profile for the type of person they think should take over, "They’ve had multiple meetings as they plan to replace and find the permanent solution with those ideals and those philosophies and the vision of the principal that they would suggest and would like to find." McIntosh explains, "They have to love kids; they have to be in a position of being able to show their passion and vision for how to improve student success. That’s it: they want a kids-centered, parent-accessible person who can lead the staff into a common direction."
He would like to see the job posting garner between 25 and 35 applications. A team will review them all and recommend a handful of applicants take part in video interviews. The top two candidates will then be presented to McIntosh who will conduct his own interviews and make the final decision. McIntosh hopes to name the next leader by April, with that person starting work July first.