Middle schools — Mountain View assistant principal will lead the school after no satisfactory candidates were found by committee

Despite the fact that Edwards Elementary School’s hiring committee were not satisfied after interviewing two rounds of candidates for principal, the school has found a leader, at least for the next school year.

The Newberg School District has tabbed Mountain View Middle School assistant principal Scott Murphy as interim principal for 2014-2015 and will post the job again in the spring.

“We simply did not find the right person for the position,” Superintendent Kym LeBlanc-Esparza said.

Murphy succeeds Sue Luthra, who left to take a principal position in the Salem-Keizer district after leading Edwards to a “Model Oregon School” rating by the state department of education last year.Photo Credit: SETH GORDON - Scott Murphy will move from his position as assistant principal at Mountain View Middle School to become the new principal at Edwards Elementary School.

“Scott will do a great job supporting and leading Edwards,” LeBlanc-Esparza said. “He has a reputation for being very student-centered and is known for building strong relationships.”

Prior to joining the Mountain View staff in 2012, Murphy served as an assistant principal and a teacher at Astoria Middle School and principal at Captain Robert Gray School.

“That was the most fun year I had just working with those little ones,” Murphy said of his time at Captain Robert Gray, which was housed all of that Astoria district’s kindergarten classes for one year during a reorganization effort. “That put in my mind that eventually in my career I wanted to be at an elementary school like that, just the joy of learning that the kids have and how much fun they are.”

Murphy has worked as a classroom teacher in The Dalles and in Montana. He has developed and taught in an English language program in Japan. Murphy also served as the director of title programs for the Astoria School District.

Murphy received his master’s degree in education from Montana State University and his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Eastern Montana College. He earned his administrative credentials at Portland State University.

“The awesome staff they have here, my biggest goal is just to support them in what they’ve been doing for the last few years,” Murphy said. “My main goal is to support the staff and the kids and keep this going in the direction that (Luthra) and the staff had it headed.”

Mountain View Middle School principal Wayne Strong expects to name an interim assistant principal to replace Murphy before the start of the school year.

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