Superintendent’s Corner - July 2018
Dear SCSD#1 Parents and Staff,
I’d like to take this opportunity to introduce myself and tell you how excited I am for the start of the new school year. I am entering my 29th year in education, having graduated from the University of North Dakota in 1988. I began my teaching career in Long Creek, Oregon, teaching Social Studies and PE as well as coaching basketball, football and track. In 1994, I moved to Laramie High School, teaching Social Studies and coaching basketball and golf. During this time I obtained my Master’s Degree in Counseling, and transitioned to a counselor at LHS in 2003. In 2006 I completed my Principal Endorsement through UW, and found myself at Tongue River High School as a counselor that same year. In 2014, I became the Principal at Tongue River Middle School, until making the transition to Superintendent of SCSD#1. My wife, Erin, and my sons Camden and Caleb, love the Big Horns, and are thrilled to continue to live and work in such a beautiful place. I look forward to working with the entire district as we strive to provide a world-class education for all of our children.
As many of you know, we had a late resignation at Big Horn High School in the Principal position. The resignation took effect June 15th, and a search began immediately upon hearing of the resignation. We had about a dozen applicants (if this occurred in the Spring, we would have had 25+). Our goal was to find a good fit for BHHS with experience in leading schools. Of the applicants, only two really met that criteria to the level we desired. One of the candidates pulled out prior to being interviewed, stating he didn’t feel right leaving his district so late. The interview team, consisting of three parents, staff members, and administrators, brought in four candidates and offered the position to the strongest candidate, the only one left to have extensive administrative experience. He too, turned us down, stating he couldn’t leave his current school at such a late date. The committee felt strongly, as did I, that we had to look at other options to fill the position for the upcoming school year. After discussing various options with others, including superintendents from other districts, and after looking at all of the possibilities, it was recommended to the School Board to hire Richard Welch, BHMS Principal, to serve as the Interim BHHS Principal for the upcoming school year, in addition to continuing as the BHMS Principal. I am very appreciative of his willingness to take on the additional duties at such a late date. While this will certainly add to Mr. Welch’s duties, he is well-suited to fulfill the duties of the position. He knows the staff, the curriculum, and the students. The staff at BHHS is a strong one, and they will make the transition a smooth one for everyone involved.
I want you to know that the single most important person we hire in this district isn’t the superintendent, the principals, directors...it is the person we put in front of your children every day; the teachers. We have great teachers across the entire district, and they will be the ones making the greatest impact in your child’s life. As a parent of two kids in the district, I understand wanting the absolute best for our kids, and as we enter the upcoming school year, we will work very hard to ensure that we are providing the best education possible for our kids.
Yours in Education,