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District officials announce Bryant choice

The Lake Oswego School District announced last week that retired principal Bill Johnson will return to the district to serve as interim principal at Bryant Elementary during the upcoming school year.

Johnson was with the district from 1984 to 2003, and preceded Erin Prince as principal at Bryant from 1999 to 2002.

He has also served as principal at Forest Hills, Uplands and Oak Creek elementary schools.

Since his retirement in 2002, Johnson has returned on a part-time interim basis as principal at Oak Creek and Westridge elementary schools.

District officials said Johnson is known around the district as an 'effective relationship builder and a hands-on problem solver.'

Johnson, who will live part-time in Lake Oswego, could not be reached for comment.

Prince, who spent the past four years at Bryant, left the district June 30 to become the human resources director at the Sherwood School District. The announcement of Prince's resignation in June presented the district with the challenge of finding a highly qualified principal in a short time frame.

'With me leaving so late in the year, it takes a lot of the possibilities out of the running,' Prince explained.

According to district officials, Johnson's return to Bryant will provide the district with additional time needed to find the best principal for an extended period of time.

During the rest of the summer, Johnson will meet with parents at Bryant and contact staff members about his plans for the upcoming year.

He will work closely with Prince to transition into the position, which begins August 17.

Prince said she will meet with Johnson on Monday.

'Bill is a high energy, very passionate about kids and very passionate about his work in the schools,' Prince said.

'He's a relationship builder and he connects very positively with parents, staff and students. He'll keep the momentum going.'

Another plus of having Johnson on staff, she said, is his familiarity with the school and all those involved in it.

'He already knows the staff and parents so it will be an easy transition for him, and them,' she added.