New principal found locally

The Oak Harbor School Board named Dwight Lundstrom principal of Oak Harbor High School during its Monday evening meeting.

He takes over for Dick Devlin, who is retiring after 13 years at the high school helm.

Superintendent of Schools Rick Schulte said Tuesday that Lundstrom was the strongest candidate to come out of the two-week interview process and he is also very familiar with the high school.

“He had the support of the staff and the parents,” Schulte added.

Lundstrom has been an assistant principal at the high school for the past two years. He also has more than 12 years of teaching experience. He has taught mathematics in Oak Harbor, Salida, Colo. and Hoxie, Kan.

Lundstrom holds a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics from Colorado State University and a Masters in Education degree from Western Washington University.

During the interview process, each candidate went through reference checks, an interview in front of a group of 19 people comprised of teachers, staff, parents and students, a follow-up interview, and a community forum that took place last month.

Schulte added that Lundstrom was the best person to “build on the momentum to change the high school from a really good school to a great school.”

Lundstrom was one of four finalists competing for the position that included fellow high school Assistant Principal Dale Leach, Pendelton (Ore.) High School Principal Jim Gadberry and former Shelton High School Principal Mellody Matthes. Matthes managed to land a different job with Oak Harbor.

In addition to Lundstrom’s promotion, Bob Smithson was named athletic director. He takes over for Jeff Stone who is retiring after the school year ends.

Smithson is the current athletic director for the Everett School District and is a member of the High School Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame.

Schulte said that Smithson also has a lot of experience in building community support for a new stadium.

The Oak Harbor School District also named Matthes as human resources director to replace Barbara James. Schulte said that Matthes also had human resources training that made her a suitable choice for that position.

Schulte said he is hasn’t made a decision yet about the business manager position which is being vacated by Pam Ross, who is also retiring. He added that he’s down to three candidates and a decision should come soon.

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