Administrator shifts in the Ferndale School District have resulted in a new planning principal for Windward High School and a new interim principal at Ferndale High School starting this summer.
Tim Keigley, the dean of students at Ferndale High, has been named the planning principal for Windward High School, and Aaron Kombol, director of special projects for the district, will be the interim principal at Ferndale High School starting July 1.
The moves come as district officials are trying to create a clear vision for Windward High School and how it relates to the larger Ferndale High School.
The district is attempting to reinvent Windward, which is smaller than the traditional high school and has had a focus on community service in the past. The school was moved to the Ferndale High campus in the fall due to budget cuts, a move that concerned staff, students and parents due to it losing its identity.
Keigley, who was selected through a process that included parents, students, staff and community members, will lead the visioning and enrollment work during the rest of the school year. Keigley has had several positions in the district, including interim principal of Clearview High School, dean of students at Windward High, and assistant principal and early college coordinator at Ferndale High.
Current Ferndale High principal, Dawn Mark, has announced to district officials that after six years leading the school, she is looking for a new job south of the district to be closer to her children and her new granddaughter. Kombol, who was the assistant principal at Ferndale High from 1999-2007, will serve as the interim principal during the 2011-12 school year. He will work alongside current assistant principal Julia Besola, who will take on additional roles and have the new title associate principal.
The district will start the process to select the permanent Ferndale High principal no later than February 2012. The decision will include input and involvement from staff, students, parents and community members.