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La Pine Elementary

Bend-La Pine Schools
Closing date: 
Sunday, April 2, 2023

Bend-La Pine Schools is committed to the principle of equity. Equity supersedes the notion of equality, where all are treated the same. Pursuing equity requires the removal of barriers and the promotion of inclusive practices so that all students fully benefit. The principle of equity will inform all BLS policies, regulations, programs, operations, practices, and resource allocations.

Studies have shown that some individuals (women and people of color, for example) are less likely to apply for jobs unless they believe they meet every single qualification in a job description.  Our goal is to find the best candidate for the position, and we acknowledge that that candidate may be an individual from a less traditional background. We encourage you to apply, even if you don't believe you meet every one of our qualifications described.  If you are unsure whether you meet the qualifications of a position, or how this would be determined, please feel free to contact Human Resources to discuss your application.


About the District:
Bend-La Pine Schools (BLS) is the fifth-largest school district in Oregon and comprises 33 schools, plus two charter schools, across an attendance area of approximately 16,000 square miles. We employ over 2,000 staff members in licensed and non-licensed capacities, making us the second-largest employer in Central Oregon.  At Bend-La Pine Schools, we believe in educating thriving students and know the importance of supporting our students to become kind and thoughtful humans who engage with the world around them. 

The School:
Bend-La Pine Schools welcomes applications of qualified persons interested in the position of principal at La Pine Elementary School.

La Pine Elementary School is proud to be part of Bend-La Pine Schools and to serve the unique needs of its community and has a current enrollment in grades K-5 of approximately 400 students, La Pine Elementary School  

Although small in size, La Pine Elementary School (LPE) does not lack in heart or a desire for continuous improvement. With the easy access to nearby outdoor spaces, students at La Pine Elementary regularly get to experience hands-on, in-the-field learning opportunities to create learning opportunities that turn into lasting memories. 

Many of our students come from a low socio-economic background (traditionally at 70% or more F/R rate) and/or have special learning needs (above state average in percentage of SPED students served).

Although its history can be traced back for more than 100 years, La Pine is one of Oregon’s youngest cities, being incorporated in 2007. The community of La Pine proudly proclaims itself to be “Small Town Strong” and contains many beautiful mountain peaks, tall pines, clear rivers and over 300 days of sunshine each year – translating into numerous outdoor recreational activities that are enjoyed year-round.  La Pine is the doorstep to 2.5 million acres of forest, seven wilderness areas, six rivers, 157 lakes, 1600 miles of trails and the unique landscape of the Newberry Volcanic Monument.
Living and working in La Pine means that recreation - whether it’s skiing, kayaking, hiking, golfing, fly fishing, or another outdoor activity - is part of your life. 

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Bend-La Pine Schools utilizes a distinct search for each site in search of a Principal to ensure that the right candidate is selected for each school. Applicants who are successful through the screening process will receive an invitation to an in-person interview consisting of various activities at the school site and the district office. A site visit to the finalist’s current school site may be conducted as part of the interview process. All finalists will interview with the Superintendent, who has final decision-making authority. 

Qualified applicants should apply online at: and should be prepared to submit an application packet that includes:   
A cover letter
Current resume
Three current letters of recommendation that include the names, titles, addresses, home and office phone numbers of the recommender
College transcripts 
Any other relevant supporting materials 

224-day contract 
Family medical, dental and vision insurance 
Term life and long-term disability insurance 
Professional development program and tuition reimbursement 
Salary estimate (based on 2022-2023 salary schedule): $114,9410 – $121,870
Bend-La Pine Schools, unlike many districts, currently pays the employee’s portion of PERS, a 6% contribution of the employee’s annual salary 

Position closes: April 2, 2023 
Interviews: April 21, 2023
Anticipated start date: July 1, 2023

Must hold, or be able to obtain by July 1, 2023, Oregon Administrative Licensure  
Record of increasingly responsible positions in education   
Successful teaching and administrative experience 
Experiences with systems around diversity, equity, inclusion, and trauma-informed practices  
Clear understanding of IDEA, MTSS, and ELD Programs 
Understanding of best practices in literacy and mathematics instruction
Understanding of CCSS and standardized assessments and the ability to use data to lead school improvement efforts 
Effective management of school operations that support teaching and learning  
Strong communication skills, with a focus on being an exceptional listener, highly visible and approachable to help establish positive, collaborative working relationships with and among students, staff, parents/guardians 
Understands and has experience in non-exclusionary practices for student behavior that may include: Collaborative Problem Solving, Positive Behavior Interventions and Support (PBIS), and Restorative Justice practices 
Experience with building collaborative teams and creating a positive and professional working environment for all
Experience in current employment practices, goal setting, and evaluation and support of staff  

Clear knowledge of school scheduling, curriculum, and systems 
Elementary or Middle school teaching experience 
Prior school administrative experience
Instructional leader with a focus on elementary school best practices and enriching curriculum to meet the needs of all learners 
Professional experience with leading and building cultural inclusivity with an diverse group of students including, but not limited to, socio-economics, ability level, TAG, Special Education, multi-lingual, identity, and gender preference 
Supportive of professional development opportunities and trainings that provide staff collaboration 
Listens to and advocates for staff and students  
Ability to build and nurture relationships grounded in trust and compassion  

Direct additional requests for information to:
Ryan Kelling 
Director of Recruitment & Retention
Human Resources Department 
Phone: 541-355-1110 Fax: 541-355-1109
520 NW Wall St Bend, OR 97703  

Application materials of final candidates may be published.  Reference checks will be made and there may be a site visit of the candidate before selection. 

Reasonable accommodations for the application and interview process will be provided upon request and as required in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Bend-La Pine Schools is an Equal Opportunity Employer.