OGDEN -- Moving vans pulled up to Ogden schools to cart away office contents of top administrators who had introduced themselves to students just weeks earlier at start-of-school assemblies.
New Ogden School District Superintendent Brad C. Smith on Monday sent out a memo outlining the immediate reassignment of three principals, three assistant principals, a coordinator and an instructional coach.
The changes involve all of the district's mainstream high schools and all of its junior high schools, as well as one undisclosed elementary school.
Smith was unavailable for comment.
According to the memo, effective immediately:
* Tim Peters, Highland Junior High School principal, moves to the district offices and becomes district Title 1 coordinator.
* Kevin Kuykendall, Mount Ogden Junior High School principal, becomes principal at Highland Junior High.
* Clyde Moore, Mount Ogden Junior High School assistant principal, becomes principal at the same school.
* Jessica Bennington, Highland Junior High's Positive Behavior Intervention Systems coordinator, becomes assistant principal at Mount Ogden Junior High.
* Charlotte Parry, Mound Fort Junior High School principal, becomes assistant principal at Ben Lomond High.
* Peggy Dooling-Baker, Ben Lomond High School assistant principal, becomes principal at Mound Fort Junior High.
* Scott Robertson, Ogden High School assistant principal, moves to an undisclosed elementary school for a position related to the English as a Second Language program, with extra duties to complete his contract.
* Erin Sauls, Highland Junior High (teacher) instructional coach, becomes assistant principal at Ogden High.
Cal Udy, representative for the Utah chapter of the American Federation of Teachers, said he read a recent press quote from Smith saying he did not expect to make big changes.
"He said he was going to come in and keep things pretty status quo," said Udy, who recently filed Government Records Access Management Act requests with the Ogden School District.
He is seeking documents and information related to Smith's appointment and qualifications.
"If this is status quo, I can't wait to see what he does next. This man has an agenda."
Ogden School Board President Don Belnap said all changes originated with Smith, rather than being school board requests.
Belnap said the school board supports the decisions of Smith, who was sworn in as superintendent one week ago. Smith was an Ogden School Board member from 2007 until his recent resignation to take on superintendent duties.
"Superintendent Smith has the full support of the board to make whatever changes he deems necessary to accomplish the mission of the school district," Belnap said.
"The board of education was well aware of the changes he proposed and of why they were necessary. He is making the changes to move the schools forward."
Belnap said the school board was aware of the changes last week.
"Superintendent Smith can do whatever he feels needs to be done," he said. "He is the chief operating officer."
Belnap said some of the changes were made because of personnel matters, "but I am not able to say more."
New Ogden School District Superintendent Brad C. Smith invites parents, students and the community to several meet-and-greet events.
The first will be at 6:30 p.m. today at Highland Junior High School, 325 Gramercy Ave.
Others are scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Sept. 20 at Mound Fort Junior High School, 1396 Liberty Ave., and 6:30 p.m. Sept. 22 at Mount Ogden Junior High School, 3260 Harrison Blvd.
All meetings will be held in the schools' media centers.