Archive for Wednesday, February 21, 2007

New principals named for BLHSLES

February 21, 2007

Some familiar faces will be taking on new roles in the Basehor-Linwood school district.

The school board recently announced that Basehor-Linwood High School assistant principal Sherry Reeves would be stepping into the role of high school principal and Basehor-Linwood Middle School math teacher Cindy Hiebert was chosen as the new principal for Linwood Elementary School. Both moves are effective next school year.

BLHS principal Steve Blankenship submitted his letter of resignation last week at the school board meeting and has accepted the principal's position at Pratt High School. LES principal Vickie McEnroe submitted a letter of retirement to the board last month. Both the resignation and retirement are effective at the end of the 2006-2007 school year.

"We were really impressed by both candidates," Superintendent Bob Albers said. "We just feel like they will do a very good job."

When board members learned they would need to find a new high school principal, Reeves' name kept coming up, Albers said. The decision to promote Reeves was approved at last week's board meeting.

"She has the support of her staff and the school," Albers said. "We decided the best move would be to promote her from within."

Reeves, who is new to the district this year, grew up in Concordia and had spent the past 18 years in the Maize school district, a large district outside of Wichita. She received her bachelor's degree in mathematics from Fort Hays University, a master's degree in curriculum and instruction from Wichita State University and another master's degree in school leadership from Baker University.

"When I was first asked about this, I was very pleased that they had the confidence in me to hold such a position in the district," she said. "I'm excited to work with the staff and the community. A very nice climate has been established in the school and I want to continue that."

Hiebert went through the application process, Albers said. A screening committee narrowed 42 candidates down to four, and interviews were conducted Feb. 14. The school board conducted a special meeting Monday to approve the position.

"She's known to us and we know what her strengths are and how she gets along with people," Albers said. "She gets along well with the staff in that building."

Hiebert, who has been with the district for four years, has been in education for 15 years as a classroom teacher for various grades and as an assistant principal at Quail Run Elementary School in Lawrence. She received a bachelor's degree in elementary education and a master's degree in school leadership and educational administration from Emporia State University.

"I think that Linwood Elementary is really strong academically, and I really wanted the privilege to continue that academic excellence," she said about applying for the position. "I think there are strong families around Linwood that support education. The staff of teachers have a strong sense of belonging to the school and I really like that."

Albers said the board is looking for a new high school assistant principal and a replacement for Don Swartz, executive director of business and facilities, who submitted his letter of retirement at last week's school board meeting.

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