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Brian Stimson of The Skanner News
Published: 26 May 2011

Portland's Jefferson High School has a new principal. Vice Principal Margaret Calvert will be taking over the position from interim-principal Toni Hunter.

Superintendent Carole Smith selected Calvert after interviewing multiple candidates and an interview with a committee of Jefferson staff and students and community partners. Calvert is a former social studies and mathematics teacher who has taught at Rex Putnam, Wilson and Grant High Schools.

Calvert has also been a member of the team working to create Jefferson's Middle High College for Advanced Studies.

The Skanner News interviewed Calvert when she was promoted to Vice Principal back in September of 2008. Read the story here

Calvert is taking over the position formerly held by Cynthia Harris, who had been placed on administrative leave after Portland Public Schools found shortcomings in the way the school's student body funds had been managed in May of 2010. Harris was brought to the school in 2007 in an effort to bring stability to a school that had been a revolving door for administrators and educational experiments.

Click on the links below to read The Skanner News' award-winning stories on the high school in 2008:




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