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Wichita superintendent announces program, leadership changes

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Friday, May 2, 2014, at 9:50 a.m.
  • Updated Friday, May 2, 2014, at 9:59 a.m.

Wichita schools superintendent John Allison announced program and principal changes Friday, including a plan to combine several programs at the former Northeast Magnet High School building.

Wichita eSchool and the Dunbar Adult Learning Center will be moved to the Chester I. Lewis Academic Learning Academy, 1847 N. Chautauqua – formerly Northeast Magnet – where Metro-Boulevard Alternative High School and the district’s Transitions program are currently located, Allison said.

Leroy Parks, principal of Southeast High School, will oversee the new combined program. A new principal for Southeast “will be named later,” Allison said in an e-mail to employees.

“By placing all these programs under one roof, we will be able to provide more learning opportunities for our students and be more efficient with our resources,” Allison said in the e-mail.

The district’s Transitions program allows students in the juvenile justice system to earn credits via independent study until they can return to a regular classroom setting, said district spokeswoman Susan Arensman.

The Dunbar Learning Center, 923 Cleveland, also houses the district’s Multilingual Education Services office, which will remain there. Wichita eSchool is based this year at the Joyce Focht Instructional Support Center, 412 S. Main.

Allison also announced 13 leadership changes at elementary schools, including a new principal at Hyde Elementary, where some parents have lobbied to stop the proposed transfer of two teachers.

Those teacher transfers also are part of a human resources report Wichita school board members will consider Monday.

According to the personnel report on Monday’s board agenda, Hyde principal Laura Thompson would move to Seltzer Elementary in the fall, and Seltzer principal Anne Clemens would be principal at Hyde.

Dorothy Adams, a fifth-grade teacher at Hyde, would transfer to Minneha Elementary, according to the report. Kali Barnett, Hyde’s music teacher, would go to Jackson Elementary.

Some parents whose children attend Hyde Elementary, 210 N. Oliver, are circulating an online petition to stop the proposed transfers of Adams and Barnett, whom they say are being asked to move to other schools against their will. Two parents spoke at the board’s April 14 meeting, urging board members to reject the transfers.

Board members typically approve transfers and other personnel matters as part of the district’s consent agenda.

Other new principal assignments announced Friday include:

• Lichelle Alford, principal at Woodland Elementary, would be principal at Clark Elementary.

• Michelle Cuda, interim principal at Gardiner Elementary, would be principal at Woodland.

• Carol Dunne, principal at Clark, would be principal at Lawrence Elementary. She will replace Pam Klos, who is retiring.

• Cindy Graves, principal at Pleasant Valley Elementary, would be principal at McLean Elementary.

• Ben Mitchell, assistant principal at West High, would be principal at Spaght Elementary. He will replace Kim Sherfield, who is leaving the district.

• Christy O’Toole, a district curriculum coach, would be principal at Benton Elementary. She will replace Ann Welborn, who is retiring.

• Bruce Shelton, principal at Gammon Elementary, would be principal at Stanley Elementary. He will replace Maggie Evans, who is leaving the district.

• Heather Swartz, assistant principal at Enterprise Elementary, would be principal at Gardiner.

• Mendie Vicin, principal at McLean Elementary, would be principal at Gammon.

• Nicki Vossman, assistant principal at Woodman, would become principal. She will replace Jana Epperly, who is retiring.

• Kari Wiechman, assistant principal at Beech Elementary, would be principal at Pleasant Valley Elementary.

Reach Suzanne Perez Tobias at 316-268-6567 or stobias@wichitaeagle.com. Follow her on Twitter: @suzannetobias.

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