Scott McGregor will take on the role of principal at Lodi Middle School, a decision announced by the Lodi Unified School District Board of trustees after a closed session. McGregor is currently the principal at Vinewood Elementary School.
"I look forward to helping create a school where teachers are excited to teach and students look forward to coming to school," he said. McGregor will take over the position at the beginning of the 2012-2013 school year.
Parents at the school attended a meeting in February to share what they would like to see in a new administration. Several mentioned a history of problems with some stern staff members.
McGregor said he looks forward to getting to know the staff and creating a positive climate.
"I haven't met any of them; I was just approved tonight. I look forward to blending their strengths with my strengths," he said.
Patricia Lingerfeldt, the current school principal, is out on medical leave until further notice. Longtime district employee Jim Jordan came out of retirement to serve as interim principal in her place. Both Lingerfeldt and vice principal Lurdes Rosales will resign at the end of the school year. The pair stepped down in the wake of a conflict in December 2011 when Rosales placed physical education teacher Jon Lapachet under citizen's arrest.
The conflict is still under investigation by district staff. Superintendent Cathy Nichols Washer declined to comment on the investigation.
It is not known who will be replacing McGregor at Vinewood.