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Posted on May 20, 2016

Frerks will lead Mtn. View Elementary

The Quincy School District, in its search to find two new principals for the fall, has decided that it will hire only one of the four finalists for the position.

Colleen Frerks, the new principal at Mountain View Elementary School come fall.

Colleen Frerks, the new principal at Mountain View Elementary School come fall.

Colleen Frerks, currently the principal at George Elementary School, will move to Mountain View Elementary School come fall, QSD Superintendent John Boyd said.
That means the other three candidates, all of whom were out of the district, are no longer being considered for the open position at Pioneer Elementary School, Boyd said.
The appointment of Frerks to Mountain View also means the half-time principal position at George now is open. So the school district still needs two new principals.
“Colleen was the candidate who I was comfortable moving forward with,” said Boyd, who made the recommendation to the school board. “We want to be sure that any person we bring in is the right fit for the community.”
The four candidates were put through a rigorous one-day screening process that included a written test, interviews with staff and a meet-and-greet with the community. The school district will follow a similar process to fill those two positions, Boyd said. The earliest those positions may be filled is the second week of June, he said.
Frerks, who has been the principal at George for six years and is a longtime Quincy resident, said at the community meet-and-greet that she welcomes the opportunity to move to a larger school.
“I think taking the job is the next step in my career, being in the smallest school as a part-time principal,” she said. “I feel prepared to move into a bigger school.”
Frerks also said that as a current employee, she is familiar with the school district’s systems and initiatives. She brings consistency to the position, she said.
“One of the nice things about having been here in the district for six years, is that I have been teamed with the other three principals,” she said. “And over the six years we have worked collaboratively.”
Boyd praised Frerks.
“Colleen has done a terrific job as principal of George Elementary and is ready to take on a new challenge of running a larger school in our district,” he said. “She grew up in Quincy, her own children attend Quincy schools and she is completely committed to our community.”
Frerks is a good match for Mountain View, Boyd added.
“The staff at Mountain View Elementary was very interested in a leader who would continue to support the whole child,” he said. “Mountain View also has a developmental preschool and Colleen’s experience and passion for early childhood education makes her also a good match for the school. Colleen is an instructional leader who will be able to work side-by-side with teachers to improve practice while maintaining some of the programs that are important to staff and parents.”
The principal positions were opened this spring when the school district moved two principals into district-wide leadership roles.
In July, Nik Bergman, principal at Pioneer, will be promoted to assistant superintendent, a new position for the QSD. In the coming school year, Kathie Brown, principal at Mountain View, will become the principal of High Tech High as well as be the director of the district’s Whole Child Initiative.
The district also seeks an assistant principal at Monument Elementary School. Debra Knox, who lives in Moses Lake, has stepped down from that position to “seek work closer to home,” Boyd said.
By Jill FitzSimmons, editor@qvpr.com. QVPR sports editor Sebastian Moraga also contributed to this story.

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