Atwater Principal Update
Ms. Kayla Russick is currently serving as Atwater's interim principal. Ms. Russick was hired in September 2013 on an interim basis to give Tim Kenney, previous Atwater principal, the opportunity to serve as the high school principal, while still providing him with the option to return to Atwater if the high school was not a good fit.
However, as Mr. Kenney announced in late February, he has decided to stay at SHS, and the School Board recently approved a contract for him in that role.
When the District filled the Atwater interim principal position, it committed to opening a search for a permanent principal if needed. The District has now begun that hiring process.
School Board members will consider the approval of the Atwater principal hiring process and timeline during their meeting on April 8. The hiring process to identify a highly qualified and experienced individual to fill this role will be inclusive and driven by consensus. The interview panel will be made up of the same individuals that served on the interim principal hiring panel last summer, and will include teachers, parents, administrators, and community members. (The process and timeline will be posted on the District's BoardBooks website within the coming days.)
Administrators on the panel will screen paper applications before presenting these applicants to the interview panel. The panel will evaluate these applications using a set of attributes and, from this process, identify applicants for interviews. Following interviews and ranking of applicants, two finalists will be presented to the members of the Atwater community, who will then be given an opportunity to ask questions and provide input. The interview panels will use a consensus process to identify top candidates, discuss results of interviews, review community feedback, and make a final recommendation.
The attributes the District is seeking in the new Atwater principal include someone who can build a caring school community, understands elementary-level learners, demonstrates instructional and collaborative leadership, provides effective management of student behavior, communicates effectively, is visible and engaged, and understands Shorewood and the school District.
Given that the District has received nearly 100 applications for the position at this point, the administration is confident that Shorewood will find several highly qualified individuals who match the attributes, anyone of whom could be the next Atwater principal. The interview panel will have a good problem to solve in finding the individual that is highly qualified, experienced, and the right fit for Shorewood.
Thursday April, 3, 2014 at 04:03PM
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