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Douglas principal asks to be reassigned

Sheila Gardner

After two years as principal of Douglas High School, Mark Van Voorst has asked to be reassigned.

School Superintendent John Soderman said he will recommend to the school board Tuesday that Carson Valley Middle School Principal Marty Swisher be tapped for the high school post effective with the 2005-06 school year.

“Mr. Van Voorst asked to be reassigned to an administrative position in the district,” Soderman said Thursday. “The first step is to see if anybody is interested in the position. Mr. Swisher is and I think that’s a good thing.”



Soderman said although Swisher has been principal at the middle school for only two years, he has many years of experience within the district as a middle school and high school teacher.

“Marty knows the system and he graduated from Whittell,” Soderman said. “Continuity is important and the good thing about having Mr. Swisher go to Douglas is that likely he’ll be there some period of time. That’s my hope.”



Soderman said other administrative changes are to be discussed Tuesday at the school board meeting at Kingsbury Middle School.

Kingsbury Middle School Principal Nancy Rollston is retiring and Soderman said the board will discuss running the school with a vice principal as a way to deal with the Lake school’s declining enrollment.

Piñon Hills Principal Nancy Bryant has been promoted to assistant superintendent for education services to replace Roy Casey who resigned.

“This is the time of year when ‘musical chairs’ staffing takes place within the schools,” Soderman said. “It’s the best idea to get everybody where they’re most happy.”

Other agenda items Tuesday include a recommendation that the school district withdraw its sponsorship of charter schools.

Soderman said the recommendation would have no impact on the county’s only charter school, Sierra Crest Academy, which opened in August.

“Initially, when the charter schools came into law in 1997, schools had to say, ‘We’re interested in sponsoring charter schools,'” Soderman said.

If the district doesn’t sponsor the charter school, that responsibility falls to the state. In making the recommendation, the district said the switch will cut down on resources needed to review applications and monitor the schools.

“We’re following the lead of Washoe County,” Soderman said.

Charter schools are funded with public money but are free of many restrictions traditional public schools face. There is no tuition and admission is open to any student.

Soderman said there has been discussion at the state level of creating an 18th school district to supervise charter schools within Nevada.

“The idea really is to make them more independent. It’s a state idea about a state plan and I guess some of us believe the state is better able to make those determinations,” Soderman said.

If you go

The Douglas County School District trustees meet at 3:30 p.m. today at Kingsbury Middle School, 1900 Echo Dr., Stateline. Information: 782-5134.


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