School district hires Leavell, reduces administration

POULSBO — The North Kitsap School District announced Wednesday a restructuring of its administrative-level positions.

Seven administrative positions will be reorganized into five positions, said Chris Case, director of communications and community relations for the district. In addition, four administrative jobs have been eliminated and in their place, two new director-level positions — director of Secondary Education and director of Elementary Education — have been created.

Aaron Leavell, the current principal of Bremerton High School, will be the district's director of Secondary Education, while Patricia Moore, currently the principal at Pearson Elementary School, was chosen as the director of Elementary Education.

The four administrative spots being eliminated are director of Curriculum and Assessment, currently held by Wally Lis; executive director of Student Support Services, held by Gregg Epperson; executive director of Finance and Operations, which was held by Nancy Moffat, who resigned in December, and will not be replaced; and assistant director of Learning and Support, held by Heather Carrell. The position of district athletic director also has been eliminated. Trish Olson, who filled that position, will continue to teach physical education at North Kitsap High.

The district saved $215,150 by reworking administrative positions, but will still have to lay off six teachers this week to make up for a $2.2 million budget shortfall for the 2009-10 school year.

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