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Lis lands Poulsbo principalship
POULSBO North Kitsap School District Director of Curriculum and Assessment Wally Lis will journey down the hill the common moniker used to describe NKSDs administrative offices to take up the principalship at Poulsbo Junior High School this fall.
The rather sudden announcement of current PJH Principal Tony Bainbridges year-long medical leave of absence left the school district with a vacant position just weeks before schools start. But Lis, a veteran principal, said he was happy to fill a role hes filled at several Washington high schools.
Aside from job familiarity, he has location familiarity as well Lis said hes worked with more than 70 percent of the staff at PJH and was also the administrative liaison to the school for the 2002-03 and the 2003-04 school years.
Im very comfortable with the staff and the environment there, he said.
The details surrounding Bainbridges departure are unknown and the school district cannot discuss personnel matters. But the districts human resources department said his compensation during the leave will be determined by the amount of sick leave hes accumulated during his time in NKSD.
He is also not guaranteed his former position, only one inside the district.
Lis said his biggest challenge will be to oversee the Poulsbo Junior High School remodel, which is currently wrapping up its first phase but will continue with two more phases during school before wrapping up in time for the 2006-07 school year.
His present job as the director of curriculum and assessment will be divvied up by four administrators: Executive Director of Teaching and Learning Marylou Murphy, Executive Director of Learning Support Services Gregg Epperson, Assistant Director of Learning Support Services Dixie Husser, and Kingston High School Planning Principal Bruce Saari.
Lis assignment to PJH comes at a critical time in his current position at administration headquarters: the districts sophomores the class of 2008 will be taking the Washington Assessment of Student Learning (WASL) and for the first time, theyll have to pass it to graduate.
But Lis is confident that the four administrators covering his position until he returns next year will be able to handle his present duties.
Well make sure everything gets covered, he said.
Lis, a former principal at Shoreline, Riverview and Eatonville high schools prior to coming to the NKSD, has been working his way toward a superintendents license through a Western Washington University program, which hell finish in June 2006. Though returning to a principals position may appear a step back on the administrative chain of command, Lis said its actually a beneficial experience and one hes highly looking forward to.
Id say its a lateral step, not backwards, he said. My position now deals first with curriculum, then with students. As a principal, Ill deal with students first and curriculum second.