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School district shuffles principals, administrators next school year

Superintendent Mike Scott has announced a number of administrative changes in the Hillsboro School District for the 2016-17 school year.

Mooberry Elementary principal Brian Haats will become the new human resources director. He takes the place of Kona Lew-Williams, who has been selected as the next chief human resources officer, following Debbie Ashley’s retirement. Haats began teaching in Hillsboro at Patterson Elementary School in 2000 and has served as principal at Mooberry since 2011, where he implemented a school-wide English Language Development model and initiated the groundwork for the current K-3 Dual Language program.

Lou Bailey, current interim principal at Hilhi, will remain at Hilhi on an interim basis for another year. After interviews, three finalists were selected to complete instructional walkthroughs and participate in a community forum event with select students, parents, and staff members. Though each of the candidates brought their own unique skills and abilities to the table, at the conclusion of those events it was felt that none of the finalists were the exact fit for Hilhi at this time. Bailey did not initially apply for the job because he is unsure how long he could commit to the position, but is happy to serve another year at Hilhi.

Becky Smith, current principal of South Meadows Middle School, will become the principal of North Plains Elementary School. Current North Plains principal Karen Murphy will become the principal of Free Orchards Elementary School, replacing Becky Brauer, who will return to classroom teaching next school year. Mary Mendez, principal of Minter Bridge Elementary School, will become the principal of South Meadows Middle School.

OJ Gulley, current assistant principal at Liberty High School, will become an assistant principal at Hilhi. Current Hilhi assistant principal Dave Vickery will move to Glencoe High school to replace retiring assistant principal Mary Peterson. Brown Middle School assistant principal Amy Torres will replace Gulley at Liberty High.

All administrators will officially assume their new positions on July 1.