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Posted on Apr 28, 2016

QSD narrows principal search to 5

The Quincy School District has narrowed its search for two new principals who will lead Pioneer and Mountain View elementary schools to five candidates.
The five candidates will be in Quincy next week to undergo a rigorous interview schedule that includes a public gathering with school district parents and community members.
The public gathering will be 5 to 6 p.m. on May 5 at the QSD transportation department, 721 F St. S.E.
At the event, community members will be able to visit with each of the five candidates and then provide written input for consideration in the selection process. An input form asks people who would be their first and second choices for a principal position.
Including the public is an important part of the selection process, said QSD Superintendent John Boyd.
“We will do quite a rigorous process for our kids, our community and our staff,” Boyd said.
About 20 people applied for the two open positions, the superintendent said. The two positions were opened when the school district, citing a need to address student growth, 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 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, 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.
On May 5, candidates will begin their day at 8 a.m. with a welcome and orientation. They will not end the day-long interview process until after 6 p.m., when the community gets its chance to meet them. The day will include guided tours of Mountain View and Pioneer as well as meetings with staff at the schools. It also will include a written skills test.
A committee of 15 to 20 people will gather all information after the interviews, including the public input comments, and make a recommendation to the school board, Boyd said.
“It’s a big deal to hire a principal,” he said. “We really want to vet these people and make sure they are a good fit (for the schools).”
The school board expects to have a decision by May 9, Boyd said.
Among the five candidates is one from within the QSD. The school district released the following information about the candidates:
Colleen Frerks: Frerks has served the QSD as principal at George Elementary School for six years. She has a master’s degree in administration from Gonzaga University. Prior to her time with the district, she served as a music specialist with the Cheney School District as well as Extended Learning Program site coordinator and activities coordinator. She attended Pioneer Elementary School and is a Quincy High School graduate.
Anna Keifer: Keifer has a Master’s of Education in counseling from Washington State University. She is employed by the Wapato School District as the principal at the middle school there. Prior to her work in Wapato, she served as Child Development Center director and assistant principal with the Cascade School District in Aumsville, Ore., where she managed a building staff of 65 members.
Joan Hoehn: Hoehn graduated with a 4.0 in a Master’s of Education program from William Woods University. She is employed with the Oroville School District as an elementary principal, and has served as both a reading coach and classroom teacher at Cole R-V in Eugene, Mo. She also has experience as an educator for parents of children up to 5 years old, where she completed home visits, state reports and screened students for developmental delays.
Margo Piver: Piver earned her Master’s of Education in Special Education from Walla Walla University. She serves the Walla Walla School District as a special education case manager and librarian. Piver previously was employed with the Milton-Freewater School District and Umatilla Morrow ESD, where she worked as a resource room teacher and special education case manager.
Sunny Savage: Savage has a Master’s in Teaching from Grand Canyon University. She received her principal endorsement in 2010 and works for Kittitas School District as an elementary principal. She also served as elementary summer school principal for the Wenatchee School District, where she oversaw several operations, including grant writing, recruitment, hiring, training, budgets and procurement. Savage also has classroom experience as a teacher with both the Wenatchee and Leavenworth school districts.


— By Jill FitzSimmons,