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Wilsons new principal will come from Grant High

HILLSDALE - Brian Chatard, a vice principal at Grant High School, has been named the new principal at Wilson High School.

He will replace retiring Sue Brent, who has been Wilson's principal for six years and retired this year.

In a letter of introduction to the Wilson community, Chatard noted that public education "seems beset on all sides by controversy and difficult challenges," but he shared his optimism.

"It will be my strategy to look for opportunities, to build new partnerships and relationships that can strengthen what Wilson does well and to remain optimistic and positive. I believe that the outcomes we seek for students are in our control," he wrote.

Chatard, 42, began teaching in 1994 in San Jose, Calif., where he taught middle and high school. He also coached high school baseball and basketball.

He graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and received his a master's degree in educational leadership from San Jose State University.

He and his family moved to Oregon in 2003.

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