Bulletin Staff Report

Community members can meet the four candidates vying to become the principal of Bend’s new high school at a 4 p.m. forum Monday at Bend-La Pine Schools’ administration building on Wall Street.

Two of the four candidates currently work in Bend: Chris Boyd has been Pacific Crest Middle School’s principal for five years and Jay Etnier is Summit High School’s assistant principal, a position he’s held for six years, according to a school district press release. Boyd also previously served as the Associate Director of Secondary Programs in the North Clackamas School District and was an administrator at Happy Valley Middle School and Clackamas High School.

Andrew Croley has been the principal at McCluer North High School, located in Missouri north of St. Louis, for four years, and was previously a principal at another St. Louis-area middle school and at St. Helens High School north of Portland.

Lonnie Robertson has been the principal of one of Montana’s largest high schools, Billings Senior North, for three years.

All four candidates have at least nine years of teaching experience as well as administrative experience.

District spokeswoman Alandra Johnson said although Bend-La Pine doesn’t have an exact time for announcing the final principal candidate, in previous similar situations, the top choice was named a few days after the forum, and then he or she visits the school.

The new high school, which is expected to open in September 2021, will be located in the southeast corner of Bend at the intersection of SE 15th Street and Knott Road and will serve 1,600 students.

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