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North Medford High School's interim principal, who has worked at the campus on North Keene Way Drive for 15 years, will serve as the school's permanent principal, Medford School District officials said.

The Medford School Board Tuesday voted to hire interim Principal Ron Beick permanently after considering 11 other applicants, said Medford schools Superintendent Phil Long.

"We screened our 12 candidates down to four finalists, but Ron was clearly the strongest candidate," Long said. "He stepped in after having three different principals in three years, and he has done a remarkable job in tough times."

When Beick was selected as interim principal nearly a year ago, he said he was uncertain whether he would apply for the permanent position.

"I wanted to be sure I could make a long-term difference," Beick said. In the past year, he said, he has received support from the staff and has felt confident in the progress the school has been making under his leadership in terms of school improvement.

"We have had multiple principals through the last few years, and I hope this will provide some long-term stability," Beick said.

Beick served for four years as assistant principal before his promotion to interim principal. He also has served as a math teacher, a volleyball coach and as division leader.

He graduated from the University of California, San Diego in 1978 with a bachelor's degree in economics, obtaining his teaching credential the following year from University of California, Los Angeles. He completed a master's in business administration in finance and accounting at UCLA in 1981 and served as the finance director for the Westside Family YMCA for three years. In 1984, he left the YMCA to start his own business, a sports equipment store, in Agoura Hills, Calif. He remained owner and president until 1994 when he took a teaching position at North Medford.

Reach reporter Paris Achen at 776-4459 or e-mail pachen@mailtribune.com.