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Westview principal takes post in district office

Chamberlain to replace Lukich as supervisor of district high schools


After seven years at or near the helm of Westview High School, Principal Mike Chamberlain is moving on to an administrative position with the Beaverton School District.

A 33-year teaching veteran, Chamberlain was named last week to replace Vicki Lukich as executive administrator for high school programs. Lukich plans to retire at the end of the 2013-14 school year on June 30.

Chamberlain, who will start in his new role on July 1, will oversee all 10 schools in the district that contain high school students, including option schools such as the Arts and Communication Magnet Academy and the International School of Beaverton.

“It’s certainly a challenging position,” he said. “There are a lot of things I’ll have to learn, but I do believe I know lots of things I can employ, using my experience as the principal of a large, comprehensive high school, that are going to translate to the position.”

Describing his feelings about the change as “bittersweet,” Chamberlain admitted the time seems right to try something new.

“It’s a great community and a wonderful school,” he said of Westview. “But it’s the right time for me. I feel like this is the right move. There’s a natural apprehension, but I think that happens when anybody takes on a new position — especially when it’s more challenging than the one you have.”

The district’s Human Resources Department posted the Westview principal position on its website. Candidates will be selected and interviewed in the next couple of months for the school at 4200 N.W. 185th Ave., Wheeler said.

Chamberlain started teaching in the district in 1991 after 10 years in the Hillsboro School District. He served as assistant principal at Sunset High School and Westview before becoming principal at Five Oaks Middle School. In 2008, he returned to Westview — at about 2,400 students, the district’s largest high school — as principal.

Looking back at his time at Westview, Chamberlain said he’s proud of his efforts in “building a strong sense of equity” and sense of community as well as encouraging leadership efforts and initiatives among the teaching staff.

“A sense of leadership is critical with any work you do,” he said. “I think we have really strong relationships among the people in the building.”

Before he leaves Westview this summer, Chamberlain wants to make sure the staffing and teaching assignment process is as far along as possible.

“That’s the biggest thing, to make sure we can get the staffing solidified for the next person,” he said.

“It’s a hard transition to come in, in July. There are too many unfinished pieces. You want to make sure you get as much of that done as you possibly can.”




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