Bob O’Connor named Park City High School principal
Park City School District Superintendent Ray Timothy looked internally to fill the Park City High School principal position. Former PCHS principal Hilary Hays left the position a few weeks ago after learning she would not be asked back after the end of this school year.
Treasure Mountain Junior High School Principal Bob O’Connor will assume Hays’ post as PCHS principal for the 2012-2013 school year. O’Connor said Timothy approached him about the position.
"Dr. Timothy did approach me and that is not attributed to anything I’ve done, it’s a tribute to what the faculty has done. They have done a great job of making me look good," O’Connor said. "I’m looking forward to the new challenge, but I’m going to really miss Treasure and the teachers."
There are several new initiatives at the high school scheduled to be implemented next year. O’Connor said these programs will require some supervision and getting to know the PCHS faculty.
"I’m going to take some time to get to know the staff," he said. Three programs that O’Connor will supervise includes the one-to-one laptop initiative, Sheltered Instruction Operation Protocol, which he said is a teaching methodology that provides consistency for students, and Canvas, an interactive technology program connecting students and teachers lesson plans.
Relocating O’Connor to the high school set off a chain of transfers. Timothy said five employees will be taking on new responsibilities.
David McNaughtan, who has been serving as assistant principal at Park City High School for the last six years, has been named the principal of Treasure Mountain Junior High School.
Bob Edmiston, who has served as principal at McPolin Elementary for five years, will become the assistant principal at Park City High School. Edmiston said the situation with Hays leaving opened up positions for other administrators. Getting to know the students, teachers and supporting the school programs are a few things Edmiston is anticipating.
"I indicated that I would help in any capacity I could. I didn’t say I wanted a certain position, but said that I would move. I’m looking forward to getting back to the high school level," he said. "I’ve always loved working with students that age."
Greg Proffit will take over Edmiston’s position at McPolin Elementary School. Proffit has been an administrator in the Park City School District for 15 years.
The school district’s Special Education Coordinator Nicole Todd, will assume the principal’s post at The Learning Center.
Timothy said he’s been able to observe these employees in action and interacting with students, parents and the parent-teacher organizations which helped him make the decisions.
"I’m their media supervisor and so I have observed them in action for five years now and the climate that has been established within the schools under their direction," he said, "It was just a matter of putting all the pieces together. I had a conversation with the board to make sure I had their support to move forward with the internal transfers."
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