Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake superintendent of schools Patrick McGrath today announced that he has decided to appoint Dr. Richard "Rick" Evans as interim principal of the Stevens elementary school effective August 1, upon the retirement of Ralph Rothacker.
Evans has been BH-BL's assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction since 2004, when he left his previous position as principal of the Craig elementary school in Niskayuna.
Concerned that a full search for a permanent principal could extend through the summer and even into the start of classes in September, McGrath is looking to Evans to lead the building through this transition.
"Rick came to our district as a highly respected, successful elementary principal," says McGrath. "So when he offered to take on the principalship at Stevens, I realized this was a chance to provide the stability needed at the school and allow students and staff to move forward this summer without missing a beat."
Evans will be taking a one-year leave of absence from his position as assistant superintendent. "I see the Stevens principalship as returning to the part of education that I love the most," he says. "I view it as a gift to be able to work directly with teachers, children and their parents. I have really missed kids and the life and energy of an elementary school during my years at the district office."
Before coming to BH-BL in 2004, Evans was the principal at Craig school for seven years. Before that he was assistant principal at a North Carolina elementary school during the time that he was completing his doctorate in educational leadership at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His career began as a high school social studies teacher in New York state. He also holds a masters degree from UNC Chapel Hill and a bachelors degree in history from Colgate.
"The potential for Stevens is unlimited with such capable students and such committed, caring staff and parents. I look forward to working with all of them," Evans says.
McGrath indicates that Evans' current position will be filled by an interim and a process for that person will begin shortly.
The Stevens elementary school is located at 25 Lakehill Road in Ballston Lake. It currently serves approximately 415 students in grades K through 5.
Read a copy of Superintendent McGrath's letter to Stevens parents on Dr. Evans' appointment. [DOWNLOAD]