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Posted on Jun 13, 2016

Principal search narrows to 2

The Quincy School District has narrowed its search for a new principal at Pioneer Elementary School to two finalists, the district superintendent reported.
The finalists are an administrator in the Yakima School Dsitrict and an administrator with the East Valley School District.
Superintendent John Boyd hopes to have a decision early next week.
“I would hope that a decision could be made Tuesday morning, but, again, I have to be confident that one of these two people is going to be a match for us,” Boyd said.
The position was opened when current principal Nik Bergman was promoted to assistant superintendent. Bergman will begin his new position after this school year.
The two finalists are:
— Erin Chaplin holds a degree in administration from Heritage University and a master’s from Central Washington University. She started her educational career at Wapato School District, then began working for the Office of Superintendent in Public Instruction as a Reading First regional coordinator.
Chaplin has worked for the Yakima School District since 2009 and presently serves as the director of instruction, where she coordinates, directs and manages the implementation of the Learning Assistance Program and Title II Grant.
— Ellen Hopkins graduated from Gonzaga University in 2004 with an administration degree. She has worked as coordinator of assessments and professional development specialist with the East Valley School District in Spokane, where her duties included training staff as proctors for assessments and coordinating all assessment related activities.
Hopkins also served at Learning Forward Washington as a project manager. In this role, Hopkin’s duties included grant writing, marketing and recruiting, training of learning coaches, and design and delivery of virtual learning experience.
On Tuesday, Hopkins was in Quincy, interviewing with Pioneer staff and meeting with school district leaders. She also attended a meet-and-greet with the public at Pioneer.
Chaplin, who was unable to attend the interviews this week, will be in Quincy on Monday. The school district is again inviting the public, especially Pioneer families, to meet Chaplin and give their feedback in the selection process.
The meet-and-greet is 5 to 6 p.m. in the school gym.
The school district last month held a similar public meet-and-greet with a pool of four candidates to fill not only the Pioneer position but also the principal’s job at Mountain View Elementary School. Mountain View principal Kathy Brown will be the principal of High Tech High as well as be the director of the district’s Whole Child Initiative.
Colleen Frerks, principal at George Elementary School, was hired to fill that position. Boyd said an appropriate candidate for the Pioneer job was not found in that initial pool.
On Wednesday, Boyd said he is feeling more confident about this group of finalists.
Frerks’ hiring at Mountain View means there’s now an opening at George. That job has been posted for about a week; it closes June 15.
The position is a full-time position, but 60 percent of it is paid as a principal and 40 percent of it is paid as a teacher.
Several teachers at George are prepared to come in for interviews with the candidates over the summer, Boyd said.


— By Jill FitzSimmons,

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