South Summit makes administration change
February 24, 2015
The principals of South Summit High School and South Summit Middle School will swap positions next year, Shad Sorenson, the district’s superintendent recently announced.
Sorenson said sending Steve Camp, the high school’s principal, to the middle school and bringing Wade Woolstenhulme, principal at the middle school, to South Summit High is simply a matter of what’s best for the district. He notified district staff about the move in an email Feb. 18.
"Both of them are great leaders, and they have different strengths and abilities," Sorenson said. "As I looked at the needs of each school, I felt that the fit of having Mr. Camp at the middle school and Mr. Woolstenhulme at the high school would be a good thing."
Camp said the move came as a "little bit of a surprise" when Sorensen first approached him about it two weeks ago but added that he would do his best to support the superintendent.
"If the superintendent feels like it’s the best fit for our district, then I need to respect that and go forward with it," said Camp, who has served as the principal at the high school for three years.
Woolstenhulme did not return a call seeking comment.
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Sorenson said reaction from teachers and parents about the move has been varied.
"I think that, like with any change, you have those that are very positive and pro-change, and then there are those that would have done it differently if they were making the decisions," he said. "And then you have those that are indifferent. I’ve heard from some who fit in each of those categories. But I think I’ve had a lot more positive feedback than I have negative."
The move may also affect some teachers at the high school who are related to Woolstenhulme. Kena Rydalch, an English teacher at the high school who is also Woolstenhulme’s sister, will likely move to the junior high. Jake Woolstenhulme, a math and science teacher at the high school, will likely teach classes for 7th to 12 graders but will be supervised by Camp.
"It’s just good practice to not have a supervisor who is a sibling or a parent," Sorenson said.
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