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–  Jim Jones will serve as principal next school year

SPOTLIGHT FILE PHOTO - Jim Jones, seen here at the state wrestling championships on Feb. 28, is taking the reins as the Scappoose High School principal for the upcoming year. Jones is expected to step down as the high school's head wrestling coach.

The Scappoose School District has promoted from within to fill the top job at its flagship campus.

The vice principal at Scappoose High School, Jim Jones, was hired as the school's new principal, Superintendent Stephen Jupe said Tuesday, July 28.

“He was the best person for the job,” Jupe said.

Jupe hailed Jones' “very close ties with the community.”

"He's been here for a long time," he remarked.

Jones became Scappoose High's vice principal in 2011 after serving as its athletic director and school counselor. He has continued to work as a wrestling coach at the school, in addition to his administrative duties.

The district will now need to fill Jones' position as vice principal. Jupe said that hiring process is getting underway.

Jones is technically the high school's "interim principal," as he was hired on a one-year contract. Jupe said the district will evaluate later whether it wants to extend Jones' employment past the 2015-16 school year.

According to Jupe, about 10 job applications were submitted for the opening, following Andy DeBois' surprise resignation last month. Job searches for school administrators typically start much earlier in the year, he noted.

Scappoose's public schools experienced significant upheaval last summer, with new principals being hired at Scappoose Middle School, Otto Petersen Elementary School, Warren Elementary School and the charter South Columbia Family School, in addition to DeBois being hired at the high school.

With Jones now moving into the principal's office at Scappoose High, Jupe praised his administrative team throughout the district. He said they have been working hard even over summer break.

“The administrators, funnily enough, have been in and out,” Jupe said. “Jim's been working most of July, even as VP, because you know, we have to keep hiring people and moving forward. All of my administrators have been working. … I am so impressed with the people that work with me.”

Editor's note: This story has been updated.

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