Education— The CVMS assistant principal will succeed grounds and maintenance supervisor Waide Bailey, change after 30 years

After 30 years in education, including the past 21 as an administrator in the Newberg School District, Chehalem Valley Middle School As­sis­tant Principal Larry Hampton was ready for a change.

At the same time, retiring and finding another job to occupy his time didn’t quite fit the bill.

So when Superintendent Kym LeBlanc-Esparza gave him the chance to become the district’s coordinator of operations and safety beginning in July, Hampton jumped at the chance.Hampton

“I would love to stay because I enjoy working here,” Hampton said of the district. “So when this worked out, it felt great. It allows me to still be involved in education and in Newberg in the schools, but also I have quite a bit of background in building, construction and working outside. So to be able to support the schools, but in that kind of way, (it) really appeals to me.”

The position updates and replaces the grounds and maintenance supervisor position, currently held by veteran Waide Bailey, who has worked on contract since officially retiring in 2009.

Hampton said he could never replace Bailey or the wealth of knowledge he’s accumulated in his long tenure, but the new role will be less supervisory and include other administrative duties.

So in addition to ensuring district facilities and equipment function properly and meet the needs of education programs and activities, Hampton will also oversee safety and emergency preparedness throughout the district.

Hampton said he believes his experience as a school administrator at the elementary, middle and high school levels will give him a valuable perspective on leading the department and that was a plus for LeBlanc-Esparza.

“I need someone who can look through the lens of how a school runs and build systems that an­ticipate those needs and the maintenance and upkeep needed to support those schools,” she said.

Having spent many sum­mers in construction and related fields, including helping to build houses in Mex­ico on three separate occasions, Hampton said he is also ready to get his hands dirty when needed. He has also served on the New­berg Habitat for Humanity board of dir­ec­tors and is the current pres­ident of the Newberg affiliate.

“The most recent school construction bond has allowed every school in the district to be upgraded in some manner,” Hampton said. “I want to ensure Newberg maintains topnotch facilities that support the mission of the school district and that make us all proud.”

Hampton holds a master’s degree in education from Linfield College and an undergraduate degree in political science from Willamette University.

A graduate of Newberg High School, Hampton said he will miss interacting with students on a daily basis, but will continue to volunteer at student activities, like an­nouncing NHS home football games.

“It felt like the confluence of all the right things to be able to make this work,” Hampton said. “There aren’t that many of these jobs or it isn’t very often that these types of jobs open up, so it just felt great, it felt right.”

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