At the February 25 board meeting, exciting leadership changes throughout the district that began last summer were completed and approved by the board.
Long-time BH-BL administrator Dr. Rick Evans was appointed as the permanent Stevens Elementary School Principal. Evans had been the district’s assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction since 2004. This fall he took a leave of absence to fill the vacancy left by retired Stevens principal Ralph Rothacker. Prior to coming the BH-BL, Evans was a principal for seven years at the Craig Elementary School in Niskayuna.
The Stevens principal position was posted internally earlier in February and a committee comprised of staff, parents, support staff, and administrators conducted an interview with Evans and reviewed the work he has done for the past seven months as the school’s interim principal.
“The hiring committee unanimously agreed that he was superbly qualified,” says Superintendent Patrick McGrath. “When we have a highly qualified internal applicant, especially one who has proven himself in the position as an interim, we generally don’t feel that it’s necessary to extend our search externally for other candidates. In addition to the report from the committee, I have received many unsolicited comments, emails, and letters from parents and staff sharing their excitement and appreciation for the work Dr. Evans has done this year at Stevens.”
Evans, too, is excited to be working once again in the part of education that he loves the most, which is working directly with teachers, students and parents.
Also approved at the Feb. 25 Board meeting were the official appointments of Tim Brunson as the high school principal and Pete Mody as the assistant principal.
This fall Brunson, the former high school assistant principal, replaced former principal Maryellen Symer who was promoted to interim assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction to fill the vacancy left by Dr. Evans.
Pete Mody, who returned to BH-BL after taking an assistant principal position in Queensbury, filled the high school assistant principal vacancy left by Brunson’s promotion.
A full search was conducted to fill the principal and assistant principal positions, and an interview committee comprised of staff, parents, administrators and a student representative conducted extensive interviews with many qualified candidates this past summer.
“The interview committee highly recommended Tim, and I couldn’t be more pleased with the job he has done this year,” says McGrath. “His dedication and commitment to our staff, students, school and the district overall is exceptional. Pete Mody is also a great addition to the team. I look forward to the leadership that Tim, Dan (LeClaire), and Pete will bring to our high school as we transform our facilities and strive to excel in academics and extracurricular activities here in BH-BL.”