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Former teacher named new Benson Tech principal

Portland Public Schools has named a former PPS teacher to lead Benson Polytechnic High School as it makes some major changes this this fall.

Carol Campbell, a small school administrator in Newberg and former teacher at Grant High School, will begin her post at Benson July 1 when principal Steve Olczak retires.

Campbell has been principal of Newberg High School's Silver School since August 2007, where she worked with career-technical education programs in welding, greenhouse management and marketing.

Prior to that, she taught science at Grant for nine years and was a teacher and athletic director at Duchesne High School in St. Charles, Mo., from 1983 to 1998.

As part of the district's high school redesign effort, which rolls out this fall, Benson will shrink its enrollment to 873 students, down from 1,028 this past year. The program remains in high demand: 360 students applied for 240 freshmen spots this fall.

The school will retain several programs - including Communications Technology, Industrial Engineering and Health Sciences academies - but will cut others, including Pharmacy Assistant and Computer Technology, because of the enrollment changes and budget cuts.

The appointment is one of 19 new principal hires the district announced on June 30. The others include:

• Karl Newsome, Astor K-8 School

• Brenda Fox, Bridger K-8 School

• Filip Hristic, Creative Science School

• Ben Keefer, George Middle School

• Beth Madison, Robert Gray Middle School

• John Walden, Harrison Park K-8 School

• Lisa McCall, Irvington K-8 School

• Margaret Calvert, Jefferson High School - Middle High College for Advanced Studies

• Pam Joyner, Lane Middle School

• Leslie O'Dell, Lee K-8 School

• Annie Tabshy, Maplewood Elementary School

• Macarre Traynham, Metropolitan Learning Center

• Shawn Garnett, Markham Elementary School

• Sarah Lewins, Roseway Heights K-8 School

• David Wood, Skyline K-8 School

• Amy Kleiner, Sunnyside K-8 School

The district also named a new director for its special education and English as a Second Language departments.

Ewa Chomka-Campbell, a longtime school and university administrator, will lead the district's ongoing reforms in ESL. And Robert Ford, former associate principal in the Evergreen School District, will lead the Special Education Department.