CGHS begins search for new principal

Principal Mike Ingman in Sept. 2017

More changes are coming to the Cottage Grove High School administration.

A month after assistant principal/athletic director Gary Roberts announced that he will be going to Marshfield High School next year, principal Mike Ingman announced that he is taking his talents to Eugene. After seven years as a principal in the South Lane School District, Ingman will begin at Sheldon High School starting on July 1. 

“I have enjoyed the professional and personal relationships that I have cultivated over the 20 years that I have been in education, including 7 years as a teacher 7 years as an administrator in South Lane,” Ingman wrote in an email to parents last Wednesday. 

“The last 7 years, as a principal at Kennedy and CGHS in South Lane, have been some of the most rewarding of my professional life.” 

Ingman started his time at Cottage Grove High School in 2000 as a social studies teacher. In 2006, he became Dean of Students at CGHS and the following year was named assistant principal at South Albany High School. In the winter of 2011, he then became the principal at Albany Options School for the rest of the year.

In 2012, he made his way back to the South Lane School District by becoming principal at Al Kennedy High School. In the fall of 2017, Ingman was back at CGHS — but this time as the school’s principal. 

Now, he’s headed to Eugene.

“I have always dreamt about being a part of the great things going on in the Eugene School District. I have lived in Eugene nearly all my life. Both my wife and I attended high school in Eugene. In fact, she is a 1988 Sheldon graduate,” Ingman wrote in a statement for the Eugene School District. “My three sons have all attended Eugene schools. I have always longed to give back to community that I feel I owe so much to. Now I have that opportunity.”  

Ingman will continue to work at CGHS through the end of June.

“Leaving Cottage Grove High School was not an easy decision to make, but one that is appropriate for both my personal and professional life,” Ingman wrote in a letter to CGHS parents.

A tentative timeline that Ingman supplied to The Sentinel indicates that SLSD posted the position of prinicpal last week and will close the position at the end of the month.

Interviews are scheduled for the start of June with a recommendation to superintendent Larry Sullivan to be made by June 14 with the school board to approve the hire on June 17. 

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