Montgomery sheds interim label; named La Pine MS principal

Matt Montgomery has been named the new principal at La Pine Middle School after serving as the interim leader since November.

“Matt is a tremendous leader, who believes in building students’ character as well as their academic strengths. We are excited to see him continue to serve students in La Pine in this new role,” Superintendent Shay Mikalson said.

Most recently, he served eight years as principal at La Pine High School.

“I’m very excited to continue my work in the La Pine community in a new capacity,” said Montgomery. “I’m committed to the La Pine community. This is where I want to be and I look forward to deepening relationships with our families and community members.”

Montgomery enjoys working with middle school age students and he spent 20 years serving at middle school in Hillsboro before coming to La Pine.

“Middle school is a critical time for development socially, emotionally and academically,” Montgomery said. “I look forward to working alongside the talented staff members at La Pine Middle as we help further develop our students’ character and help prepare them academically for high school.”

Montgomery started the year at La Pine High School, but moved on to the interim MS position in November after principal Robi Phinney left for a new position.

Bend-La Pine Schools will now begin the process to hire a new principal at La Pine High School.

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