New Lakeridge assistant principal announced; top candidate for Lake Oswego High named

The search has ended for the new assistant principals of Lake Oswego and Lakeridge high schools.

Lake Oswego School District officials announced last week that Rollin Dickinson will be stepping into the role at Lakeridge. The search committee with community approval is recommending Brian Crawford for the job at Lake Oswego High. The school board has approved Dickinson and will vote on whether to approve Crawford this Monday. Both positions start July 1.Dickinson

Dickinson is chairman of the Lakeridge High English department and has been teaching at Lakeridge since 2007. Dickinson, 33, said he doesn’t see his new role as an office job.

“I’m going to consider the whole school my office,” said Dickinson.

Crawford, 35, for the last five years has served as the director of athletics at La Salle Catholic College Preparatory in Milwaukie.

Crawford said he attended River Grove Elementary, Waluga (now Lakeridge) Junior High and Lakeridge High schools and has been seeking a local position.

“I’ve really enjoyed my experience at La Salle Prep, but I’ve been looking for an opportunity to get more involved in the educational aspects of a high school as opposed to the athletic activities,” said Crawford, also director of campus facilities at La Salle for the past two years.

He said he is excited about a potential future at the school district now that committee and community members are recommending him for the job.

“I’m sure there were a lot of extremely qualified people going after it, so I’m ecstatic they chose me — and honored,” he said.

CrawfordDickinson said he was inspired to apply as assistant principal to do all he can for his students and because Principal Jennifer Schiele gave a speech at the start of the school year about making Lakeridge the best school in the country.

“Working with Jen and being assistant principal, I realized I would have an active roll in making that happen,” Dickinson said.

A search committee made up of the district’s human resources director and secondary education director, the high school principals and the Lake Oswego Education Association president chose the finalists. In larger interviews at the high schools, parents, school employees and two school board members helped choose the recommended candidates. About 60 people submitted completed applications.

Dickinson, a father of two, is married to Kathryn Dickinson. Crawford, a father of two, is married to Carrie Crawford. Both families live in West Linn.

Dickinson will replace Robert Caplinger, who is vacating the position to be the Lake Oswego Junior High School principal after current Principal Ann Gerson retires on July 1.

“I am most excited about returning to middle school,” said Caplinger, who previously was vice principal at Lake Oswego Junior High. “That’s really where my heart is. I just love that age level and that grade level.”

Gerson has been in public education for 31 years and is in her 10th year at Lake Oswego Junior High. She said she is looking forward to traveling with her husband, reading and catching up on movies and shows she has been too busy to see.

“I know I will stay busy with other things in Portland: volunteering, working on causes that are important to me, but I am looking forward to more flexibility in my days — and to catching up on my sleep,” Gerson said.

Current Lake Oswego High Principal Bruce Plato also is retiring.

“Upon retirement my wife and I are looking forward to traveling at times other than the usual school holidays,” Plato said. “And though technically retired, I hope to continue working in some capacity in a position where I can still have some impact.”

Lake Oswego High Assistant Principal Cindy Schubert will be the high school’s new leader.

“For me, it is difficult to think of our high school without Bruce’s leadership,” Schubert said. “He has been an incredible leader and I believe I can speak on behalf of our students, staff, and parents, that Bruce Plato will be sincerely missed. I have come to grips with this loss and am excited for my new role and the opportunities it will bring.”

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