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Bellview principal finds job

Just weeks after learning that she would be laid off this month due to budget cuts, Bellview Elementary School Principal Christine McCollom has found a new principal job at an elementary school in Coos Bay.

Last month school officials and Bellview parents begged the district to save McCollom's job, calling her a beloved principal and a believer in the Bellview model of education. Community members grew especially angry after Superintendent Juli Di Chiro announced that the layoff was decided by the drawing of lots in her office — with only she and another administrator present.

McCollom seems to have wasted no time finding another job. Beginning Aug. 1, she will serve as principal at Bunker Hill Elementary School in Coos Bay, according to Meg Wright, office manager at Bellview.

Di Chiro, who announced that McCollom had found a job at Monday's School Board meeting, said McCollom had nabbed one of only two job openings for elementary school principals in the state.

"Congratulations to Christine," Di Chiro said.

But searching for a job isn't the only thing that has kept McCollom busy. On Friday, she gave birth to a son, her second with her husband Mike.

McCollom could not be reached for comment. She will be out of the office for much of this week — the last week of school — but will attend some Bellview events to say goodbye to students, parents and teachers, Wright said.

McCollom will be missed at Bellview, Wright added.

"We're sad to see her go, because we've really enjoyed having her," she said. "She's a great principal."

McCollom, who served as Bellview's principal for three years, will be replaced by senior administrator Michelle Zundel, whose current position as director of education is being eliminated.

Contact staff writer Hannah Guzik at 482-3456 ext. 226 or hguzik@dailytidings.com.