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Lake Oswego, Oregon to get Mandarin immersion program

May 20, 2010

School shifting has 3 principals making moves

By Rebecca Randall

The Lake Oswego Review, May 20, 2010

On Monday, Superintendent Bill Korach announced the last round of recommendations for next year’s programming in the Lake Oswego School District, which include shifting three principals around to different schools. The merry-go-round shift accompanies changes in elementary school programming.

Karen Lachman, current principal at Uplands, will move to Oak Creek Elementary School to lead the school’s developing a new science lab. The lab will be the north side of the lake’s sister lab to Hallinan Elementary School’s lab, which opened last spring through a donation from Sheldon Labs. The Oak Creek lab will be funded through construction excise taxes, which were just implemented this spring.

Lachman “has a very strong background in TAG education,” said Korach. “We really want that program to be a program that is every bit as strong as the program that has been run at Hallinan.”

The district will also pilot a pre-K Mandarin Chinese language immersion program at Palisades Elementary School to complement its launch of Spanish immersion at Lake Grove Elementary School this year. At the helm, Michael Esping, the current principal at Oak Creek, will transfer to Palisades.

“He’s up for the challenge and it gives him the ability to build something completely new that has not been done before in the district,” said Korach.

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