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Jim Jones, Brad McKedy head up staff at time of change

SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: MARK MILLER - Principal Jim Jones speaks with one of his staff members (out of frame) in his new office at Scappoose High School on Monday, Aug. 17.Scappoose High School has a new principal for this school year, and now a new vice principal as well.

Principal Jim Jones, who was hired last month, said he is being joined by Brad McKedy, a teacher and coach at the school, as the new vice principal.

Jones has worked as a coach at Scappoose High as well, and in fact, he used to be its athletic director. He was hired to the top job after serving as vice principal since 2011.

“I feel like I’ve had a fairly significant role in the high school previously,” said Jones. “It’s a different hat, but it’s in line with what I have been doing in the past.”

This is the second summer in a row in which Scappoose High is experiencing a staff shakeup. Last summer, Andy DeBois was hired as principal just weeks before the school year started. He resigned in June, saying he wanted to be closer to his family. The following month, Jones was tapped to succeed him on an interim, one-year contract.

“We have an awful lot of change here,” Jones said of the high school. “We have an all-new special ed department, all-new counseling department, a somewhat new — you know, it’s like, new administration but old faces. So we’ve been here, but just different roles.”

He added, “Our start times have changed, bell schedule’s changed. ... The most consistent thing is all the change.”

But Jones said he is looking forward to the school year, which begins Tuesday, Sept. 8.

“Our staff is really a great staff,” he said. “And our student body’s really motivated.”

Jones is a graduate of Scappoose High. He grew up in Scappoose, where he now lives with his family.

“I can remember driving out past the big [Peace] Candle on my way to college and thinking I’d never be back,” he said. “Then, you know, life changes.”

When the principal at the time offered him a job at his old school, Jones said, he jumped at the opportunity to move back.

“Scappoose is a great place to be,” he remarked.

As principal, Jones will be scaling back his coaching duties for Scappoose High’s wrestling team, stepping down as its head coach. However, he said, he still plans to do some volunteer coaching.

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