District to renew search for Elizabeth High principal

Posted 12/16/14

The Elizabeth School District announced Dec. 8 that it plans to resume its search for a new principal for Elizabeth High School this winter.

According to an email from the district, Kin Shuman, director of human resources, expects to post the …

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District to renew search for Elizabeth High principal

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The Elizabeth School District announced Dec. 8 that it plans to resume its search for a new principal for Elizabeth High School this winter.

According to an email from the district, Kin Shuman, director of human resources, expects to post the position for the 2015-16 school year by late January and plans to invite qualified candidates for interviews beginning as early as February. Interviews could extend into March.

Ahead of the posting, Shuman intends to hold a series of meetings to hear opinions from students, staff and the community about the strengths, challenges and vision for the future of the school. Those same groups will have the opportunity to participate in a conversation with the candidates invited to interview.

Shuman said that the district will not be using a search firm to recruit, and once the interviews are completed, the final decision rests with Superintendent Douglas Bissonette.

Rod Blunck, the former superintendent of the Elizabeth School District for three years and professor at the University of Colorado Denver's School of Education and Human Development, has been the acting principal at Elizabeth High School since the start of the current school year.

Blunck agreed to step in temporally last fall following the departure of Greg Wieman, who resigned at the end of the 2014 school year to accept a position as superintendent with the Eureka County School District in Nevada. Wieman had held the job as principal for five years.

“We need a leader who is willing to carry on the school's traditions and care about the employees and the kids who walk through those doors every day,” Blunck said when asked what qualities his successor might have.

Blunck, whose leave of absence from CU-Denver is temporary, said that he has no plans to apply for the position.

“I serve at the pleasure of the superintendent,” Blunck said. “When I'm no longer needed, I will go back to that position (at CU).”

The district had initially posted the position late in the summer, and according to Blunck the district had some very talented candidates apply, but decided to delay hiring for the position until after the beginning of the academic year and the “hiring season” had started.

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