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Posted on Feb 1, 2019

Quincy High School principal post decision coming soon

There will soon be a decision on whether Quincy High School’s interim principal, Marcus Pimpleton, becomes the permanent principal.
Pimpleton came to Quincy from Seattle after the sudden resignation of first-year principal Debbie Belew-Nyquist in July 2018. At the time, the district’s superintendent, John Boyd, would have encountered a smaller pool of candidates so close to the start of the 2018-19 school year, so he went with an interim hire.
With the second semester of the school year starting later this month, the question of Pimpleton’s permanence arises with less than six months to go until construction of the new Quincy High School building is forecast to be complete.
Boyd said that the district is receiving feedback from the community, students and staff, and that will play a partial role in his decision. The school board is not involved in the decision, Boyd said, adding that the board “empowers me to make these kinds of decisions.”
Boyd will also have to decide whether to remove the interim tag from the interim assistant principal, Felicie Becker.
The district, Boyd said, will make its best judgment based on the experience working with Pimpleton and Becker, Boyd said, and will take feedback into consideration when making the final decision.
The options include offering Pimpleton and/or Becker the job, opening the jobs to new candidates for the job, or opening the jobs to new candidates and the incumbents.
Asked whether he would take the job if offered, Pimpleton responded, “I think so.
“I’m interested in being part of that work,” he said. “I feel like we are doing the right work. People have been great in Quincy.”
At the same time, Pimpleton said the district needs to have the leadership it believes is the best for QHS and the community, and if the community believes that’s not him, he would understand and step aside.
“I would feel like I had a positive experience here,” he said. “I learned a lot here, and I would move on to the next door that God opens for me, feeling good about the experience and having no hard feelings about that.”

By Sebastian Moraga,