MEDFORD, Ore. — Dr. Phil Long, former Medford School District superintendent, has confirmed he has been named the new principal of Cascade Christian High School.
Grace Christian Schools made the announcement on Thursday afternoon, confirming their selection.
Cascade Christian has not had a principal for several years due to the departure of their last principal and the economic downturn. Instead, Cascade Christian had several administrators sharing those responsibilities.
For the past year, the current Head of School, Devon Rickabaugh, has been acting as the district’s superintendent and the principal of the high school.
Rickabaugh says that the district is glad to finally fill the opening, and that Long is the best choice for them.
“Dr. Long brings much experience and an enthusiasm for helping students become successful,” said Rickabaugh in a statement released by the district.
Dr. Long has worked for the Medford School District for more than 30 years. He began as a teacher, then was moved to an administration position, and most recently as the school district superintendent. Long was the superintendent for nine years.
He announced his retirement from his current position last year, but says he is not ready to get out of the education field yet.
“I think in the role I’ve had recently with the district, there’s a lot of things you can do to influence education. I’m at a season in my life where I’d like to get back with kids and where the learning happens,” said Long.
Dr. Long’s time as Medford Schools District’s Superintendent has been met with its share of controversy. The district dealt with a teacher’s strike earlier this year.
Long will finish out this school year as Medford’s superintendent and will officially retire on Jun. 30.
Long will start his new position as Cascade Christian’s principal on Aug. 1.