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Leadership Changes at Whatcom County Schools: Each District Has New Faces at Helm

August 16, 2007

By Kira Millage, The Bellingham Herald, Wash.

Aug. 16–The start of the school year always brings new faces to school buildings — faces belonging to students moving up to the next school level or students new to the area.

But students won’t be the only new faces in Whatcom County schools this year. Every school district has at least one new face leading a school or the entire district.

Below is a list of new superintendents, assistant superintendents, principals and assistant principals for schools across the county.

Bellingham School District

Superintendent Ken Vedra replaces Dale Kinsley, who retired this past school year.

Alderwood Elementary — Principal Stephanie Korn replaces Nick Payne, who moved to North Bellingham Elementary in the Ferndale School District.

Parkview Elementary — Principal Jane Tromburg replaces Teresa Van Haalen.

Shuksan Middle School — Assistant Principal Tracy Sjostrom-Martinez replaces Bill Stuckrath.

Squalicum High — Assistant Principal Bill Stuckrath replaces Derek Forbes, who became principal at Mount Baker Junior High.

Ferndale School District

Beach Elementary — Principal Michael Berres replaces Tony Harduar, who was also the principal of Central Elementary. Berres also works at the district office.

Central Elementary — Principal Mischa Burnett replaces Tony Harduar, who is the new principal of The International School of Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia.

Custer Elementary — Principal Kellie Larrabee replaces Susan Holmes, who retired this past school year.

North Bellingham Elementary — Principal Nick Payne replaces Aileen Powell, who retired this past school year.

Horizon Middle — Assistant Principal Jodi Mears replaces Sheila Rogers Gerrish.

Vista Middle — Assistant Principal Ryan Green replaces Mischa Burnett.

Ferndale High — Assistant Principal David Brame replaces Aaron Kombol, who is the new director of special projects for the district.

Lynden School District

Bernice Vossbeck Elementary — Principal Becky Midboe replaces Keith Collins.

Lynden High School — Associate Principal Keith Collins replaces Becky Midboe.

Meridian School District

Superintendent Tim Yeomans replaces Burton Dickerson, who is the new superintendent in the Quincy School District in Eastern Washington.

Mount Baker School District

Assistant Superintendent Jim Frey replaces Tim Yeomans, who is the new superintendent of the Meridian School District. Frey is the former Harmony Elementary School principal.

Harmony Elementary — Lead Teacher Bridget Rossman will help with the school’s administrative work until a new principal is hired this school year to replace Jim Frey.

Mount Baker Junior High — Principal Derek Forbes replaces Charles Burleigh, who moved to Kendall Elementary in March.

Nooksack Valley School District

Nooksack Valley High — Principal Matt Galley replaces Robert Prosch and Assistant Principal Ralph Hayden replaces Galley.

Private schools

Assumption Catholic School — Principal Rose Goeres replaces Anne Brand, who retired this past school year.

Reach Kira Millage at kira.millage@bellinghamherald.comor call 715-2266.

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