QHS leaders to drop interim tag
Marcus Pimpleton, interim principal at Quincy High School, is interim no longer.
Quincy School District superintendent John Boyd announced on Feb. 13 that both Pimpleton and assistant principal Felicie Becker will be hired on a permanent basis for their jobs. Pimpleton arrived in Quincy after the sudden resignation in June of then-principal Debbie Belew-Nyquist. Becker was hired in July after then-assistant principal Mike Carlson left to become the principal at Granger High School.
In a press release, Boyd said he based his decisions on feedback he received from the school board, members of the high school community and other leaders in the district.
“I am confident they will continue to develop their leadership skills, community involvement and commitment to an equitable and rigorous education,” Boyd said in the press release.
In an interview at the Back The Jacks fundraiser on Feb. 13, Boyd said the new job status does not entail a change in duties.
“It just gives them both an opportunity to feel more a part of the community, more settled, so they can do the work they are capable of doing,” Boyd said of Becker and Pimpleton, praising them both for their desire to continue to learn, grow and excel at their job.
“That’s all you can ask for,” Boyd said.
He noted that it was important to have an established team in place when opening the new high school.
The new Quincy High School building is forecast to be completed by mid-June. Hiring a new principal for the 2019-2020 school year would have meant QHS would have had four principals in four years.
Becker and Pimpleton “have been involved for the move and reconfiguration,” Boyd said. “So it will be definitely an asset to have both of them at the helm, and not have to go out again (and hire someone).”
Pimpleton said he welcomed the opportunity to plan for longer than a few months at a time. He said his approach to the job will not change, other than perhaps being able to think long-term about the job.
“I started early (being) all the way in, I bought a house here, and I spent all my time and energy making this a good first experience,” he said.
He praised the commitment of the community toward the school, saying that commitment made it clear to him that the QHS principal job would be a good fit.
Becker said she was excited to get to stay “with a staff and a student body that I really love and a principal that I really love working with, too.”
She said she felt confident from the beginning that this would be a good fit.
“It was our very first meeting with staff, seeing how curious they were and how much they care about kids, it was really inspiring, and I knew this would be an awesome place to work,” she said.
By Sebastian Moraga, email@example.com