Former North Medford High School principal is still under investigation

Whatever happened to Patrick Royal, the former North Medford High School principal who was being investigated by the Teacher Standards and Practices Commission?

— Mike S.

Seven months after Oregon's Teacher Standards and Practices Commission received a complaint of an undisclosed nature about the former North Medford principal, the incident is still under investigation, according to the commission.

Complaints that affect the safety of students are first priority, a commission spokesperson said. The commission cannot release the nature of the complaint unless it has been substantiated, and so far, that has not happened.

Patrick Royal abruptly resigned as North Medford principal in June 2008, just before commencement, and only a year after he accepted the position.

On July 21, the Medford School District filed a report of a complaint against Royal.

A TSPC investigator was assigned to interview witnesses, review documents and subpoena information for the commission to consider in deliberating whether to charge Royal with a violation.

Currently, investigators conduct all their interviews in person. The commission, in order to more efficiently complete its backlog of complaints, is considering doing phone interviews about issues that don't affect student safety.

It's unclear whether Royal continues to work as an educator. He retains his license, but we weren't able to find any concrete information about what he may be doing now.

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