by: OCSD - Tom LovellTom Lovell, who spent the last 14 years as an administrator in the Pendleton School District, was announced on Monday as the next principal at Oregon City High School.

“After a rigorous selection process and many great candidates, we are happy to be selecting Tom as our next principal,” said OC School District Human Resources Director Chris Mills.

OCSD officials saw strong educational experiences in Lovell’s five years as an assistant principal and nine years as the principal at Pendleton High School.

“I am really excited about coming to Oregon City and being a part of such a great community,” Lovell said. “I can hardly wait to get started working with all the great students, parents and staff.”

OCHS Principal Nancy Bush-Lange, who led the school to achieve the state’s top reading and math scores the past four years, announced in January that she would retire at the end of the school year. In 2011, Bush-Lange was awarded Principal of the Year, and at the start of 2012, the city recognized her and the entire OCHS staff as Citizens of the Year. She credited OCHS staff with working hard to increase performance expectations by offering a variety of classes and creatively intervening to help students overcome challenges.

To help guide the process of selecting Lovell as the next principal, a community survey was created for those wishing to provide input as part of a rigorous selection process, noted OCSD Superintendent Larry Didway.

Lovell led Pendleton High School in the development of Professional Learning Communities, has been a member of the district CLASS design team and the Long Range Facilities Planning Team.

“We are excited about the level of energy, enthusiasm and devotion to students that Tom will bring to this community,” Didway said.

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