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Juanita Valder tries to reassure teachers, staff, students and parents with online message

No CaptionWithout specifically acknowledging another turbulent turn among top administrators at Wilson High School, the retired principal filling in for recently-departed acting principal Maude Lamont posted an open letter to "Wilson Families" on Facebook Friday afternoon.

PMG PHOTO - Principal Brian Chatard resigned unexpectedly at Wilson HIgh School last summer. Maude Lamont had been acting principal uintil her unexpected resignation, which was officially announced on May 13.Lamont resigned last week. According to Willamette Week newspaper, her resignation came shortly after a reporter made inquiries about whether Lamont was under investigation for taking narcotics from the evidence room at Wilson. She had been acting principal since the unexplained resignation of Brian Chatard as principal last summer. The Pamplin Media Group has not been able to independently verify Willamette Week's reporting at this time.

In her Facebook message, Juanita Valder twice refers to these changes. She praise and thanks "our hard-working teachers and staff…as they weathered yet another change while keeping students productive, engaged and focused." She then addresses students and "our community," writing, "I am very cognizant of the stress, grief and frustration," they are feeling. "Sharing successes and celebrating the positive is one way to heal," Valder writes.

PPS PHOTO - Filip Hristic will take over as principal at Wilson High School on July 2, 2019.Valder retired as principal at Franklin High School one year ago. She was principal there for four years after working her way up the ranks at Portland Public Schools over 27 years. Filip Hristic, the principal at Roosevelt High School in North Portland, is taking over as Wilson's new principal in July. His selection was announced long before Lamont's resignation.

Click here to read the rest of the story in the Southwest Connection.

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