Truckee High principal set to leave |

Truckee High principal set to leave

Tahoe Truckee High School principal Mike Finney recently announced that he will be taking a paid leave of absence beginning this month before retiring in March of 2007.

Interviews to fill the position by the beginning of the school year will start July 28 and will be conducted by a panel of parents, teachers and students that includes superintendent Dennis Williams, Sierra High principal Jane Loomis, and North Tahoe High School principal Bill Frey.

Finney entered the district in 1989 as an assistant principal at North Tahoe High School before becoming Truckee High’s principal eight years ago. Finney declined to comment about his departure from the high school to the Sierra Sun.

“It’s an opportunity to bring in someone from outside the district with a new way of looking at things,” Williams said. “I’m looking for someone who is going to bring in their best successes and who is going to fit well with all the existing programs and staff.”

The selection process is multi-faceted and will likely include not only interviews and screenings, but site-visits and spouse interviews as well, according to Williams.

“We have some fast-track work to do,” Williams said.

It is the district’s hope that a new principal will be in place by mid-August in time for the district’s administrative retreat and the start of school on Sept. 5. No one from within the district, including Truckee High vice principal Grant Steunenberg, has applied for the position, according to district officials.

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