Holmes to lead No. Summit school’s
July 5, 2011
Jerre Holmes, Principal of North Summit High School for 10 years, will fill the vacancy left by former North Summit Superintendent Steve Carlsen.
Holmes submitted an application when the position for superintendent became available. A committee made up of North Summit staff members and parents reviewed his letter and resume and composed a qualification interview.
According to Holmes, he was offered the position a week after interviewing with the school board.
"It’s a new challenge and I think we all like new challenges. The concern for me is to make decisions and to help staff do all that we can for our students’ success," Holmes said.
Holmes officially started his role as superintendent on July 5. With new responsibilities, he plans to tackle challenges one at a time.
Our biggest challenge will be financial, with cutbacks in legislative funds, its going to be a real challenge for us to try and meet the needs of our district with the dollars we’ve been allocated," Holmes said.
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Negotiations between the school board, the teachers and classified employees will take place later this month.
Holmes explained that the State Legislature provided additional funding to school districts that added students, but NSSD didn’t and therefore it didn’t benefit from that additional funding.
"We’re going to see that there is even less money than we hoped for. That seems to always be the case," Holmes said.
One of Holmes’ guidelines for starting his new position is to better serve the NSSD students. Another goal is helping the district move through the tough economy.
He added that his primary focus will be to lead the teachers and staff and to help the students succeed.
"We have great administrators and we have great teachers. I’m not concerned because I trust the people who are in direct supervision of the students," Holmes said.
According to Holmes, the only downside is that this position will remove him from interacting with the students as much as he would like.
"I’ll miss that a lot and I’ll miss the direct contact with the teachers," Holmes said.
According to Holmes, one thing he learned about being the NSSD principal is that kids come from different backgrounds.
"As far as students are concerned, I realized that they each come to school with different issues and that makes it so they all can’t be treated the same. You have to figure out what works best for each student," Holmes said.
Holmes said trust among the teachers and staff is a staple for running a successful school.
"Dealing with adults, I think trust is the most important piece to associate with people. When there was trust in our building, we were more effective and what we were trying to accomplish happened a lot quicker," Holmes said.
Holmes hasn’t defined a plan going into his position, but anticipates meeting with each department in the district.
"Until I sit down with administrators, department heads and all of our classifieds and until I meet with everyone and collaborate with them, after that we’ll make some definite changes and strategies for improvement," Holmes said.
According to Holmes, he’ll miss his position as head football coach, but not so much for the sport as much as the kids. He planned on coaching the Braves this season.
"As far as me not coaching, I think we all have these dreams in our head of how we’d like to end our careers; I didn’t picture mine in June. But it was another lesson to me. Life is about timing. I would rather it happen at the end of the season, but you don’t always get what you want," Holmes said.
The position for principal of North Summit High School is now being advertised.
According to Holmes, the school board is looking for someone who is a certified administrator. A committee made up of faculty, staff and parents will conduct the interviews.