The Meridian School District is rearranging many of its administrators, with at least one notable change happening immediately.
Meridian High School Principal David Shockley is leaving the school immediately to become the district’s Director of Program Development. This is a new position created at least partly to help get the Meridian Parent Partnership Program accredited and to get the district approved as a “certified online provider for alternative education,” said district Superintendent Tim Yeomans. The creation of that position is was also driven by the popularity of the MP3 program, which has several hundred students enrolled in it.
Other administrative changes include:
David Forsythe, principal at Ten Mile Creek Elementary School, is moving to the district office to be the Executive Director of Teaching and Learning, starting this summer. He is replacing Assistant Superintendent Fredrika Smith, who is leaving the district for the Mukilteo School District.
James Everett, the current Assistant Principal for Meridian High, is now the principal of the school. Yeomans said there will be some kind of support position at the high school for Everett, but exactly what it is won’t be determined until the budget becomes more clear.
Jill Iwasaki, the principal of Irene Reither Primary School, will be the principal of both the district’s primary and elementary schools, starting this summer. The district will be looking for an assistant principal to help at those two schools, which district officials plan to eventually merge.
Daniel Yorton, a certified public accountant who has worked for the state Auditor’s Office the past four years, is joining the district as the Director of Business and Finance in June. He is replacing Jean Calman, who is retiring from overseeing the district’s finances after 25 years.
Bevin Graham, a teacher at the primary school, is moving to the district office this summer to become the District Coordinator of Human Resources, Risk Management, School Board Support and Communications. She will replace Lilly Megard, who is retiring this summer after 28 years with the district.
The administrative moves are mostly replacement positions, with the exception of Shockley’s new role. Yeomans said the budget impact should be close to “budget neutral.”