At its September 24 meeting, the BH-BL Board of Education appointed Assistant High School Principal Tim Brunson as the interim high school principal to replace former Principal Maryellen Symer who was recently appointed interim assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction.
At a student assembly this morning, Brunson explained the shift in administrative roles and reminded students that in his new position he will continue to support his open door policy.
“I will have a new title and new responsibilities, but I’m still the same person and I will continue to be there for each and every one of you,” said Brunson. “My door is always open—it will just be a new door—and I hope you will all continue to say hello or shake my hand when you see me in the hallways or cafeteria.”
Brunson is excited to begin his new role as interim principal and tackle new challenges, he said, because of the excellent position the school is in as a result of Symer’s hard work and because of the fantastic faculty and staff and incredible students he works with daily.
Superintendent Patrick McGrath anticipates a smooth transition in roles at the High School due, in large part, to Brunson’s leadership experience, his collaborative efforts with administrators and his excellent rapport with students, parents and staff.
“Tim is the perfect choice for the job,” says McGrath. “This new role is a natural fit for him because he loves this school district and the students. He also has tremendous support from his faculty as well as a passion for helping our high school continue to flourish.”
Brunson went through two extensive interviews with a committee comprised of faculty, administrators, parents and a student representative before being selected for the position.
Administrators will begin a search for an interim assistant high school principal immediately.
Brunson has been with the BH-BL School District for 13 years. He was hired in 2000 as a social studies teacher and coach, and was promoted in 2006 to assistant principal. Over the years Brunson has been involved in many school- and district-related committees, most recently the Renovations Referendum Committee.
Brunson received his undergraduate degree from SUNY Plattsburgh, his master’s degree from Russell Sage College and his CAS in Educational Leadership from SUNY Plattsburgh.
Mr. Brunson can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 399-9141, ext. 83302.