Archive for Wednesday, May 2, 2007

Board hires high school principal

May 2, 2007

Tonganoxie has its next high school principal.

The Tonganoxie School District, in a special meeting Wednesday, unanimously selected Baxter Springs High School principal Jamie Carlisle as its new principal.

Carlisle has been at Baxter Springs the past 10 years, originally as a math teacher. He also served as boys basketball coach and later athletics director, assistant principal and then principal.

Baxter Springs is a Class 3A school in southeast Kansas. Tonganoxie is a 4A school.

Superintendent Richard Erickson is eager to bring Carlisle on board at THS.

"I'm looking forward to him being a very great leader at Tonganoxie High School," Erickson said. "(He has a) terrific track record at Baxter Springs. (He is a) proven leader with just an excellent track record."

Carlisle's hire filled the vacancy left by the mid-March resignation of Tatia Shelton. She is on a paid leave of absence through June 30, which is when her contract expires.

Shelton and Tonganoxie Middle School assistant principal Darren Neas were suspended for three days on March 8. The school board lifted the suspensions on March 12. Shortly afterward, both administrators resigned their posts and have been on paid leave since.

"I think we've got the second piece of the puzzle," Erickson said. "Like Mrs. (Tammie) George, another proven leader who can come into our school district. I'm excited with the high school principalship and Mr. Carlisle."

Carlisle will begin Aug. 1 in Tonganoxie. His salary will be $84,000, Erickson said.

For more on this story, see the May 9 edition of The Mirror.

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