Nearly 40 apply for North Tahoe, Truckee high school principal jobs
TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; A stack of stapled application packets three feet high sat atop a brown desk at the school district’s administration office Wednesday.
The desk belonged to Tahoe Truckee Unified School District Superintendent Steve Jennings, while the leaning tower of pages belonged to the 37 applicants applying for the district’s assistant superintendent of educational services position.
The superintendent position is among four important positions the school district must fill soon, joining a temporary replacement for former trustee Bill Kraus and principals at North Tahoe and Truckee high schools.
and#8220;The goal for the trustee position would be to appoint somebody who is sincerely interested in the students and what’s best for the district,and#8221; Jennings said. and#8220;For the other three positions, we want really strong leaders, leaders who can help us to move forward in the goals we’ve established for our education model.and#8221;
David Inns, TTUSD assistant superintendent of human resources, said the district hopes to fill the principal and assistant superintendent positions by July 1 at the latest.
and#8220;Our goal is to find leaders who can provide direction and clarity,and#8221; said Inns, who emphasized that applicants will be judged heavily on how well they can implement district goals, especially dealing with communication to teachers and parents.
Former North Tahoe Principal Bill Frey announced on Jan. 19 he was resigning for family reasons. As for the Truckee High School principal position, the school district is looking for a permanent replacement, Inns said, as current principal John Neary has been there on a temporary full-time basis the past two years.
Inns said the district stopped advertising the jobs on March 31; nearly 40 people have applied, and Neary is among those for the Truckee position.
The future principal at North Tahoe must be able to excel with a smaller student body and with specific course selections, Inns said. Contrastingly, the Truckee principal must deal with the myriad of challenges a larger school encompasses.
and#8220;We need somebody who can make tough choices of what’s best for the kids and the community,and#8221; Inns said.
Jennings said the new assistant superintendent of educational services and#8212; a role filled currently by Dave Curry, director of education services and#8212; will help refine the district’s English Learner Master Plan and improve the district’s educational model. The new hire will work with Curry, Jennings said.
and#8220;The major priority is having someone with experience in Professional Learning Communities (an educational philosophy encouraging parent, teacher and district unity for student learning) and collaborating with our current English learner population,and#8221; Jennings said.
As for Kraus’ replacement, Jennings said the district has received a few applications. Current trustees will choose the interim replacement, Jennings said, and it is expected three or four candidates will be interviewed for the position.
The district hopes to fill the Area 1 seat as soon as April 21, at a special board meeting.