Kurt Schultz, currently the assistant principal at Rosemont Ridge Middle School in the West Linn-Wilsonville School District, will become the new principal of Lakeridge (formerly Waluga) Junior High School (LJHS).
The unexpected announcement of Schultzs new position followed the resignation of Dave Lovelin, who was originally set to assume past principal Jennifer Schieles position on July 1.
Lovelin received a late offer to become the new principal of Sam Barlow High School in the Gresham-Barlow School District and decided to accept the opportunity to return to the place where he was raised.
Dave Lovelin is a talented administrator whose contributions have been greatly valued by students, parents and colleagues, Lake Oswego School District Superintendent Bill Korach said. We are sorry to lose him but understand the reasons for his decision and wish him continued success.
Given the compressed timeline for a principal search, district administrators with the support of the school board moved quickly to bring Schultz to Lakeridge Junior High School.
Schultz used to work in the Lake Oswego School District and also served in an administrative role as a teacher on special assignment.
Schultz was at Rosemont Ridge for two years. Because of his experience at Rosemont Ridge, which is a 6-8 middle school, Schultz consulted with Schiele as the LOSD prepared to add sixth-graders to its 7-8 junior highs this fall.
The school district administration also values Schultzs background in a school that has similar high academic standards. Korach described Schultz as a bright, well-organized leader who possesses a work ethic that fits the district culture and who will bring high expectations and a passion for middle-level students to his role.