Ken Parshall is leaving McNary High School to become principal of McKay High School.

According to a district release, Parshall has presided over significant improvement in school success since he’s been at McNary. Graduation and dropout rates have seen sustained improvement, as have student test scores in math, reading and writing.

John Honey will move from North Salem High School to become the principal at McNary. While at North, Honey helped the school implement smaller learning communities while maintaining strong identity and traditions for students.

Ken Parshall and John Honey

Cynthia Richardson, principal of McKay High School, will move to North Salem High School to become the principal there.

Each of these principals has been in their current position for seven years.  While principal reassignments are not uncommon, they tend to be more frequent at the elementary level.

In addition, Steve Larson, director of elementary education, will become director of Instructional Services when David Bautista leaves this summer.

Bautista was hired as superintendent of Woodburn Public Schools, where he will begin in July.

Larson has been an elementary school teacher and principal. He is bilingual (English/Spanish) and has a strong background in curricululm and teaching strategies for English language learners.