By Paul Daquilante • Staff Writer • 

New principal named at Y-C


The school board approved his hiring Monday night.

Neuman succeeds Jim Orth, who resigned after 12 years as principal to become coordinator of career and technical education in the Salem-Keizer School District. He will oversee 29 programs at six high schools.

“I’ve had 12 great years at Y-C and am sad to leave, but happy for the new opportunity,” Orth said. “I’ve appreciated the support and the vision of this district. Yamhill-Carlton has every reason to take off.”

He was honored by the school board at Monday night’s meeting.

Ready to help launch the high school and the district into the future is Neuman, who spent the last four years as vice-principal at Roosevelt High School in Northeast Portland. He also oversaw the Arts, Communication & Technology School.

Neuman spent 16 years in the Portland School District, gaining administrative experience in a variety of capacities.

He served as principal of the Summer Scholars Program from 2007 to 2010. It’s a high school credit recovery and credit advancement program for students who want to recover credit, improve a grade or get ahead by earning original credit.

Neuman served as dean of students at Wilson High from 2005 to 2007. He also filled the positions of activities director and state testing coordinator there.

He taught physical education and coached at Jefferson from 2000 to 2004 and taught PE at Boise-Eliot Elementary School from 1999 to 2000.

Years spent working at inner city schools has led Neuman to rural Yamhill County and a high school much smaller than those he’s accustomed to. He’s always wanted to be a principal, and he thinks Y-C High has provided him with a great professional opportunity.

Neuman said “kids are kids” and it doesn’t matter where they live and go to school. They all have needs, he said, and being the Y-C principal is the best chance he has at this time in his professional career to affect change in the lives of students.

“I’ve had opportunities in other years,” Neuman said. “But it needed to be a good fit, and this felt right professionally. I did my research on Yamhill-Carlton. I did my research on Superintendent (Charan) Cline.

“This may be a small district, but we’re surrounded by larger districts,” Neuman said. “We’re in a little pocket here, and it’s a beautiful community.”

Neuman said he has the utmost respect for the superintendent’s position. “Bless ’em,” he said.

However, he said be believes being a high school principal is the pinnacle where secondary education is concerned.

“I want to be an instructional leader in everything.”

He characterizes himself as a “high energy guy,” who is upbeat and positive and wants to make an impact on Y-C High and in the district, and be a positive figure in the Carlton and Yamhill communities.

Neuman received his bachelor’s degree in health and human performance from Oregon State University in 1977, his teacher certification in health/physical education from Concordia University in Portland in 1999 and his master’s in education administration from the University of Phoenix in 2004.

He served in the U.S. Army for two years after graduating from high school, and was a member of the Oregon Army National Guard from 1991 to 1997.

“I wasn’t ready to go to college coming out of high school,” said Neuman, who worked in the Oregon State Athletic Department and for Peter Jacobson Productions as an event coordinator, and for Entercom Radio before embarking on an education career.

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