This week, the Silver Falls School District approved the appointment of Wade Lockett to serve as the new principal for Silverton High School. Currently the assistant principal/athletic director for SHS, Lockett brings more than 16 years of public education experience to his new role. Prior to joining SFSD, Lockett served in the positions of vice principal, athletic director and teacher in the Oregon Trail and North Marion School Districts. He has also been an athletic and mock trial coach in addition to serving as a National Honor Society advisor.

“Mr. Lockett lets his students and colleagues know that they are his highest priority,” said Silver Falls School District Superintendent Andy Bellando. “He has strong skills in building and maintaining relationships, he understands the importance of school tradition, and he creates a school culture that is welcoming and supportive of all students.”

According to Bellando, Assistant Superintendent Dandy Stevens will support Lockett during the transition, providing half-time administrative support and mentoring during the 2017-18 school year. While Stevens is on temporary assignment with the high school, Kirstin Jorgenson, half-time principal at Scotts Mills School, will assume personnel responsibilities for the district office.

“We will be working together as a team to provide Mr. Lockett with the resources and support he needs to be successful in this important role,” said Bellando.

Lockett said he is excited to take on this new leadership role.

“This past year serving as assistant principal for Silverton High School has helped me get to know our students, staff, families and community,” said Lockett. “I’m looking forward to strengthening our team partnerships, building on student success and enhancing the culture at our school.”