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ASD seeks input on next AHS principal

The district has selected 3 candidates for the position and invites the public to a forum on March 20

 


The Arlington School District will bring three candidates for the Arlington High School principal position to a public forum on March 20.

District officials began searching for a new principal late last year after former principal Brian Beckley left for a position in Everett.

They have narrowed down their choices to three candidates and are brining them on March 20 for an interview during the day and a public forum in the evening.

The forum will be at 6 p.m. at the Arlington High School Commons.

Candidates will introduce themselves, talk about their training and a moderated question and answer session will be held, said Mike Johnson, executive director of human resources at the Arlington School District.

The audience will have a chance to give feedback at the end of the night, he said.

The district has also already done a survey of parents, community members and students about what they’re looking for in the next principal of the school.

Johnson said that the community is looking for strong leadership, communication, someone approachable, someone who paints a positive culture and someone who support extracurricular activities and the arts.

“I believe the community survey said a lot of the things we’re looking for as a district as well. We want a strong leader, an excellent communicator and someone who can keep a positive school culture,” said Johnson.

The district is also “looking for a team player that will be able to collaborate,” he said.

The next Arlington High School principal may have to deal with funding issues and other challenges.

“It could be an interesting next couple of years with public school funding,” he said.

The “Core 24” mandate, which moves graduation requirements across the state up to 24 credits, will also be implemented next year.

“And there’s work there that needs to be done to help students pass all of their classes,” said Johnson, as the new standards leave less room for students to fail classes.

The interview process before the forum on March 20 will include three components, according to Johnson.

The first part is an interview with teachers, district leadership, parents and community members.

“There will be a good variety of people from the educational community and the community at large,” said Johnson.

A second phase includes an interview with the district’s cabinet members and includes a presentation about the candidate’s leadership style, “focusing on how they will improve student achievement,” said Johnson.

The third stage includes a tour of the Arlington High School building from student leadership and a simulated exercise giving feedback to a teacher.

The public forum begins later in the day at 6 p.m.

Johnson wanted to “encourage people to participate at the community forum where their voices can be heard,” he said.

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