District changes — The move will allow the administrator to be closer to family in Beaverton

This year’s senior class at Newberg High School also happens to be the first class of students Jon Franco oversaw as principal at Chehalem Valley Middle School five years ago.

To Franco, it’s exciting to think that half of the students currently at the high school were at some point his kids.

It also seems fitting that Franco is stepping away at the same time as the class of 2014 graduates, as he has agreed to become the next principal at Westview High School in the Beaverton School District. Franco

“I think we’ve done a lot of great work from where we were five years ago to two years ago being an Out­standing School as rated through ODE and then being a Level 4 school and having outstanding growth in a lot of areas,” Franco said. “Overall, I think I’ll remember just how supportive everybody has been and at how innovative everyone has been in looking to do whatever it takes to meet the needs of the different kids coming through.”

A Willamette University graduate, Franco began teach­ing math and science in California before moving into administration at the elementary and middle school levels.

After stints as an assistant high school principal, first in California, then at St. Helens and Century high schools in Oregon, Franco was hired to lead CVMS five years ago.

Franco introduced the Positive Behavior Inter­ven­tions and Supports (PBIS) system to help improve culture and safety at CVMS, but is also proud that during his tenure students consistently scored in the 80 percent range in state testing.

“I think working with Moun­tain View (Mid­dle School) has definitely been a highlight, im­proving that relationship to where we are all on the same page as far as sequence and scope of standards,” Franco said. “The high school graduation project, making sure our casting forth that idea that in middle school you have to start thinking about what you’re planning on doing in high school and beyond that, so getting those kids prepared with that kind of mindset has been a challenge, but very rewarding because we’re starting to see the benefits of that.”

The move to Westview will allow Franco to work much closer to home, as he lives in the Beaverton district and his children attend school there.

“I spent five years and it’s been great, but when you reach a certain point when you think you’re ready to move on to something different, you definitely look at what opportunities are out there. I love the high school level. It’s a different challenge, a unique challenge and an opportunity for growth.”

Franco said that his current priority is ensure that Chehalem Valley finishes the current school year in a strong manner and will then focus on his transition to Westview when he officially takes the position July 1.

Newberg School District spokeswoman Claudia Stew­art said that candidates to replace Franco will begin interviewing with committees of CVMS staff and district senior staff this week.

She added that the district won’t hire an assistant principal to replace Larry Hampton, who will become the district’s coordinator of operations and safety, until after the new principal is chosen so that he or she can have input on the decision.

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