Lynn Eccleston, principal of White Mountain Middle School,
resigned her position on Sept. 5. Her last day will be Friday, Sept. 19.
"It became evident I was no longer a fit in this district,"
said Eccleston, who has been in the district for 17 years.
Eccleston said she was called into the district office on
Aug. 29 to meet with Superintendent Cynda Rickert and Personnel Director Mike
Remick. At that time she was given a list of questions to answer. Eccleston
asked for time to consider them. She returned to the district office and met
with Rickert and Remick on Sept. 5 at which time she submitted her resignation.
Between the first and second meeting Eccleston said she was
offered a position with Success for All, which she accepted. "They flew me to
Baltimore where I was interviewed. It was obvious they appreciated me and
valued me. It is a company with integrity," said Eccleston. "It is very hard to
leave White Mountain. I love White Mountain and I love the White City
community." She said she and her husband
and children spent a lot of time considering her options. She and her
husband have a son who is a freshman at
St. Mary’s and a daughter at White Mountain.
Eccleston said her daughter will remain at White Mountain
where she is in the sixth grade. "That should be evidence that I value this
school," said Eccleston. "I will continue my involvement with the White City
Charitable Foundation. I love White City and I will continue to be involved."
Eccleston met with her staff on Sept. 8 and told them; told
the students on Sept. 9 and sent a letter home to all the parents on that date.
Rickert said she and Remick were shocked when Eccleston
walked in and resigned. When asked what prompted the action by a long-time
employee, who has had the respect of the community, Rickert said she was
shocked and that Eccleston had taken another job. When questioned again about
any earlier meeting or any reasons for the resignation, Rickert said the
reporter would have to ask Eccleston.
Ginny Walker, who has been an assistant principal at Eagle
Point High school, was named principal at White Mountain on Sept. 9.
"The transition between White Mountain and the high school
hasn’t been real smooth," said Rickert. "We think she (Walker) will have both
ends covered. We feel very positive and grateful she will take it."
Walker has been a vice-principal at EPHS since August 2006.
She has been the district since 1998. She was an instructor at Mountain View
Elementary from 1998 to 2001, when she became the MVE Success for All
facilitator. She held that position until becoming vice-principal at the high
school. She is a graduate of Smith College and obtained her masters in
education from Southern Oregon University. She earned her administrative
license from Portland State.
As of late last week no replacement had been announced for
Walker’s position at the high school.
By Nancy Leonard
Of the Independent