Archive for Wednesday, May 9, 2007

THS, TMS principal openings are filled

Board also hires assistant at elementary school

May 9, 2007

The Tonganoxie School Board has hired three more administrators in the past week, filling key positions that had been left vacant with resignations this spring.

In a special meeting May 2, the board hired Jamie Carlisle, principal at Baxter Springs High School in southeast Kansas, to be the new principal at Tonganoxie High School.

Then in a special meeting Monday, the board hired Jill Dickerson, assistant principal at Andover Middle School, as the new middle school principal. She's spent this school year at Andover but previously worked in teacher training regarding human sexuality classes at the Kansas Department of Education.

And Ty Poell, elementary principal at Eureka, also was hired Monday as assistant principal at Tonganoxie Elementary School.

Carlisle's salary will be $84,000 annually, Dickerson will earn $75,000, and Poell will earn $64,000, Tonganoxie Superintendent Richard Erickson said.

All three administrators will begin Aug. 1.

Carlisle comes to Tonganoxie after spending 10 years at Baxter Springs. He served as a math teacher for four years before being hired as assistant principal. He also served as high school boys basketball coach during his first years at Baxter Springs and was the school's athletics director for two years.

Dickerson was one of four finalists for the middle school position. She also was a finalist for the elementary school principal position, which went to TES assistant principal Tammie George last month.

"I'm just delighted that she's joining the administrative team, and I think she certainly has a great deal to offer," Erickson said about Dickerson.

Other finalists for the middle school spot included Mark Altman, an assistant principal at Raytown High School in Raytown, Mo.; Larry Breedlove, principal at Piper Middle School, and Mike McClellan, ninth-grade social studies instructor at Tonganoxie High School.

Dickerson replaces Steve Woolf, who resigned to take principal job at Turner Middle School in Kansas City, Kan.

Poell also was a finalist for the elementary school position. The board did not conduct interviews Monday for the assistant elementary position.

"He's just a very strong principal at Eureka, very student-centered," Erickson said. "We think he'll make a positive addition to the administrative team."

Also at Monday's meeting, the board accepted Rhonda Weaver's resignation as part-time food service employee.

At the May 2 meeting, the board announced the retirement of longtime physical education instructor Phil Jeannin.

And, the school board hired these teachers and staff for the 2007-08 school year: Patricia Montgomery, high school English; Douglas Sandburg, high school social studies; Paul O'Neil, high school business; Christine Biel, high school science and Dawn Espeland, assistant transportation director.

  • For profiles of Dickerson and Poell, as well as retiring instructor Jeannin, please see upcoming editions of The Mirror.

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