What qualities and characteristics would you like to see in the next Liberty Bell High School principal? Parents, families and members of the community are invited to help the school district develop a candidate profile.
The school district has created several ways for people to be involved in choosing the next principal.
There will be three meetings where people can provide suggestions:
• Thursday, Jan. 17, 1 to 2 p.m. (parents/staff)
• Thursday, Jan. 17, 6 to 7 p.m. (parents/staff)
• Wednesday, Jan. 23, 4 to 5:30 p.m. (parents/community)
People can also provide input through an online survey on the school’s website at methow.org.
The district is using its learner profiles to help develop ideal candidate characteristics. Those include individuals who can develop a shared vision, build a strong community, display instructional leadership, and communicate effectively. The district also seeks input on the desired educational background, professional experience, and personal qualities of the principal.
In addition, the district is looking for community members who’d like to serve on the search and selection committee, which will facilitate candidate interviews. The committee is headed by Anne Andersen, director of teaching and learning and coordinator of the district’s International Baccalaureate programs; Drew Simmons, director of teaching and learning for technology/categorical programs; and Kim Odell, a teacher at the Independent Learning Center. The deadline for applying to serve on the search committee is Friday, Jan. 18. There’s an application on their district’s website.
The district is already soliciting applications for principal, “working within the framework of an aspirational vision defined by the development of curious, creative, competent, compassionate, action-oriented students who graduate prepared to change the world,” according to the job posting (see https://methow.org/district/mission-vision). Applications are due by Jan. 18.
Last year, principal Deborah DeKalb announced her plans to retire at the end of this year. DeKalb has led Liberty Bell for 14 years.