Superintendent Summer Stephens announced Friday to the staff at the high school that she is recommending Tim Spencer to lead Churchill County High School next year as principal. The recommendation goes to the school board this Wednesday night at the regular meeting where the board will make the official hiring decision.
Spencer currently serves as the principal of Compton Learning Center in Canton City School District in Canton, Ohio, which according to their website “serves as the housing agency for five distinguished alternative educational programs: Passages High School, Choices High School, Connections Middle School Academy, Digital Academy, and The Graduation Academy.”
Five candidates were interviewed Saturday, April 17th, including Brad Barton who serves as the current Vice-Principal at Churchill County Middle School, and Geoff Habal who taught in Fallon for nine years from 1995 to 2004 as well as coached football. There were a total of 12 applicants: three applicants from the district and nine from outside the district.
The superintendent and Human Resources department brought forward the five candidates to the 11-member interview committee: Mike Hogan – CCHS Vice Principal, Rachel Knight – CCHS Vice Principal, Lynn Strasdin – CCHS Teacher, Karl Marsh – CCHS Teacher, Elaine Adams – CCHS Teacher, Trudy Dahl – CCHS Support Staff Member, Rochanne Downs – Parent and representing the Fallon Tribe, Eric Blakey – Community Member, McKay Winder – Student, Amy Word – Administrative Representative, Derild Parsons – Director of Learning and Innovation who also served as the committee chair. The committee recommended three candidates to move forward for the final interviews with the superintendent on the evening of April 17.
“The committee strongly supported and recommended Tim to me,” said Stephens in a memo to the board which has been included in the board packet for the Wednesday meeting. “Mr. Spencer has a wide range of experience with learners, focuses on building relationships and culture with staff and students. He has worked to unite several diverse programs under one roof, unite staff, and target well-being, graduation, and life readiness while also supporting growth of project-based learning, competency-based systems, and integration of modern learning strategies.”