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Administrative changes in school districts mark year's end
Multiple administrative changes at the Bremerton School District and the Central Kitsap School District have been announced since the beginning of the month.
In the Bremerton School District, Aaron Leavell returned to the district as Assistant Superintendent after a stint as North Kitsap School District’s Director of Secondary Education.
Before the move to NKSD in 2009, Leavell was the principal of Bremerton High School where the Association of Washington School Principals voted him Principal of the Year for 2008-2009.
Leavell said he had no plans to leave NKSD, but after Linda Jenkins left the assistant superintendent’s position and the offer came from Superintendent Flip Herndon, Leavell said he was quick to take the opportunity to return.
“I was very excited at the possibility to return to the community and district where I had served in education for 13 years,” Leavell said.
Leavell said he looks forward to working with staff and parents in the district and providing leadership “specifically around funding, standards-based grading, transitioning to Common Core State Standards and the new Teacher Principal Evaluation Pilot system,” he said.
Bremerton School District Superintendent Flip Herndon said Leavell was simply the right person for the job.
“Aaron was the candidate that had the best qualifications and fit for what we need to be successful,” Herndon said.
In the Central Kitsap School District, Bill Mosiman, Director of Special Services for the district, has accepted the position of Director of Special Services for the Bainbridge Island School District. Mosiman first served as assistant director and then director of special services in the CKSD before the move.
Mosiman’s departure from the district follows a June 7 vote of no confidence from the teacher’s union. District officials say the change in position has nothing to do with the union’s opinion.
Kathryn Coleman will take over for Mosiman as Interim Director of Special Services for the district. Coleman moved from the position assistant director of the department.
Coleman’s position will remain open but will be posted as an interim position for the upcoming school year, according to school officials.
Ryan Hahn has been appointed as transportation director for the district. Hahn will be moving from position as transportation director for the Astoria, Ore. School District.
The position was vacated by Laura Nowland who district officials said had accepted a job at another district.
District officials said the changes will not impact the current budget situation since the positions being filled are pre-existing ones.
Central Kitsap School District Superintendent Greg Lynch said the changes in administrative staffing would be good for the district by bringing a new perspective on leadership.
“Changes such as this happen routinely every year,” Lynch said. “It is always an opportunity to refresh ourselves from a leadership perspective and bring in new ideas.”