QSD to see leadership changes
The Quincy School District, citing a need to address student growth, is moving two principals into district-wide leadership roles.
In July, Nik Bergman, principal at Pioneer Elementary School, will be promoted to assistant superintendent, a new position for the QSD. In the position, Bergman will help implement the district’s new strategic plan, lead the creation of a human resources department, support district communications and evaluate school principals.
In the coming school year, Kathie Brown, principal at Mountain View Elementary School, will become the principal of High Tech High as well as be the director of the district’s Whole Child Initiative. In her new role, Brown will lead the implementation of the Whole Child Initiative, which aims to provide increased support for students as a whole through community partnerships and other programs. She already has been leading the HTH staff through a process to re-envision the school and to explore personalized learning opportunities for all students.
In a letter to district staff and families last week, Superintendent John Boyd wrote that the new positions were created to address growth in the district, implement the district’s strategic plan and to share in the workload as the district begins its $117 million construction and renovation project that was approved by voters in February. The district also is looking at grade reconfiguration when the construction is completed.
“There is a lot of change happening,” Boyd said in an interview.
Bergman, who has been the principal at Pioneer for six years and was the principal in George for two years, has been with the district for 13 years. He has a master’s degree in educational leadership from Washington State University and is pursuing a superintendent’s credential and doctoral degree from WSU. Pioneer has been honored twice as a School of Distinction under Bergman’s leadership.
Bergman said that while he will miss students and staff at Pioneer, he is looking forward to engaging the community and working with the principals in a leadership role.
“I am very passionate about the Quincy School District,” said Bergman, whose children attend Quincy schools. “I am just so grateful to be an educator in the QSD. It is an outstanding place to work and it’s an outstanding place for kids.”
The assistant superintendent is a newly budgeted position that will be included in next year’s budget, Boyd said.
Brown, who has been principal at Mountain View for 13 years, has been with the school district for 24 years. She has a master’s degree in curriculum design from Gonzaga University and earned her superintendent’s credential from WSU. She has taught special education and alternative education.
In an email, Brown wrote that she is looking forward to building partnerships with the community to provide a multi-tiered system of support for students.
“HTH will move into a more personalized learning center, where students will receive a learning experience to prepare them for their future through rigorous instruction, relevant instruction to their career and real world,” she wrote.
In a letter to staff and parents at Mountain View, Brown wrote that she is honored to have worked at the school.
“Due to the amazing students and staff who walk through the school doors on a daily basis, my time at Mountain View Elementary has been an experience of a lifetime,” she wrote. “An experience that has helped me both professionally and personally to become a better leader.”
Garry Stidman, current principal at HTC, will remain with the district as a teacher or counselor.
The district has begun looking for two principals to replace Bergman and Brown.
— By Jill FitzSimmons, email@example.com