Here are new principal assignments announced today by Tacoma Public Schools officials. All changes must still be approved by the Tacoma School Board:
Blix Elementary School
Principal Jennifer Cooper, who transfers from Grant Center for the Expressive Arts.
Grant School for the Expressive Arts
Principal Steve Holmes, who transfers from Baker Middle School.
Baker Middle School
Principal Scott Rich, who transfers from McCarver Elementary School.
Lowell Elementary School
Principal Renee Rossman, who transfers from Edison Elementary School.
Edison Elementary School
Principal Allison Shepard, who currently serves as principal of Meadows Elementary School in the North Thurston School District. At Meadows since 2009, Shepard oversaw a change in the school’s discipline approach from the traditional punishment model to one that emphasizes reinforcing positive behavior.
The change contributed to a reduction in disciplinary referrals. Tacoma Public Schools intends to phase in a similar model beginning with the 2013-14 school year.
Prior to serving at Meadows, Shepard worked as assistant principal at Tacoma’s Boze Elementary and taught in Gig Harbor, Kent and Reno, Nev.
Tacoma has posted a job announcement for an elementary school principal and will select applicants to fill open positions at McCarver and Reed elementary schools.
Reed Principal Kathy Boyd will retire after this school year.
Other administrative changes include:
Stadium High School
Assistant Principal Shannon Wear, who transfers from Mason Middle School.
Mason Middle School
Assistant Principal Mark Phillips, who transfers from Stadium High School.
The district has posted a job announcement for secondary assistant principal and will fill open positions at Stadium, Lincoln and Wilson high schools.
“We started this process by asking our school administrators if they wanted a change. I’m a firm believer in the fact that we all tend to perform better in jobs we want and like,” said Superintendent Carla Santorno. “After that, we took a look at openings due to retirements and transfers, individual leadership skill sets and school needs to make some judgments about how to match principals with specific school needs. The bottom line is we want to put our leaders in positions to succeed and improve student achievement.”
The district will announce additional administrative reassignments, restructuring and new hires as they are made.