By Kailey Fisicaro

The Bulletin

Bend-La Pine Schools is hosting a forum for community members to meet the four principal candidates for one of the new strand high schools.

The event is set for 4:15 p.m. Friday at the school district’s Education Center, 520 NW Wall St. in Bend. The candidates will give presentations and interact with attendees.

Originally, Bend-La Pine Schools had announced Summit High School Principal Alice DeWittie would lead one of the two strand high schools, set to open in leased space in northeast Bend in fall 2018. But DeWittie announced Oct. 16 she would be leaving the district at the end of the school year.

That strand high school, which Bend-La Pine is calling “The Academy,” will be a personalized school meant to cater to students’ interests, focusing on interdisciplinary learning, internships and advanced credit options.

Candidates for the position include a Bend-La Pine staffer, as well as a few educators from parts of Oregon.

• Michael Franklin has been assistant principal at Mountain View High School for two years, according to a news release from the school district. Franklin served as an assistant dean and teacher at The Hawaii Preparatory Academy in Hawaii for seven years and has 10 years teaching experience in Alaska, Hawaii, Washington and at Summit High School.

• Brad Linn has been the principal at Clackamas Web Academy in North Clackamas School District for nine years. Before that, he was assistant principal at the school for a year and was a high school teacher for 10 years.

• Linda O’Shea was most recently the principal at the Arts & Technology Academy middle school in Eugene School District 4-J for one year. Before serving as principal there, O’Shea was principal at Family Elementary School in Eugene for one year and assistant principal at the Arts & Technology Academy for three years. O’Shea has eight years of teaching experience in middle and high schools.

• Phillip Pearson has been principal at Corbett High School, east of Portland, for five years. Before that, Pearson served as director of technology for Corbett School District and as an associate principal at Corbett High School. In addition, Pearson has 10 years of high school teaching experience.

Bend-La Pine Schools has chosen the principal of the second strand high school, which will be an expeditionary learning high school: Roger White, principal at REALMS, or Rimrock Expeditionary Alternative Learning Middle School, will lead that new high school.

— Reporter: 541-383-0325,