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Bishop wont be back at Orenco

Principal charged with hit and run on paid leave; Strande to lead school


Timothy Bishop, the Hillsboro School District principal who was arrested and charged with hit and run, reckless driving and domestic harassment April 22, will not return to his job at Orenco Elementary School.

"Given the nature of the circumstances surrounding Mr. Bishop's current leave, we do not see a scenario under which he would be returning to your school," Superintendent Mike Scott wrote in a letter to Orenco Elementary School families. The letter was sent home with students Tuesday afternoon, following a call Monday evening to students' homes by the district's automated calling system.

District spokeswoman Beth Graser said Bishop has not resigned, nor has he been terminated by the district. He remains on a paid leave of absence.

District officials decided to make parents aware that Bishop will not return as principal.

"Given the nature of the situation and the types of things he's charged with, he will not go back to his current position," Graser explained.

Graser would not comment on whether Bishop could return to the district in a different capacity. The district is conducting an internal review of Bishop's actions.

Bishop, 52, has worked in the district for 30 years and has been principal at Orenco since the school opened in 2000.

Mike Strande, currently a dual-language instructional coach at Minter Bridge Elementary School, will finish the school year as the principal at Orenco. Strande was recently chosen to be principal at Rosedale Elementary School beginning July 1.

The district's human resources department will meet with Orenco Elementary School staff and parents for input on the qualities they'd like to see in the new principal. The job opening was posted on Wednesday.



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