Ogden School District juggles more leadership jobs

Friday , March 28, 2014 - 12:31 PM

Rachel Trotter, Standard-Examiner Correspondent

OGDEN — The Ogden school board has announced changes in school and district administration for next year that will result in one less district administrative employee and that will realign some leadership positions.

While reducing the district administration by one will save money, district spokesman Zac Williams said that isn’t the main reason the change was made. “This aligns with the district’s goal to put the resources where they are most needed,” Williams said.

That change started last year when previous district spokesperson Donna Corby was moved to be a principal. Leanne Rich, who has been over curriculum for the district, will also move back to be a principal at Odyssey Elementary. Before working in the district office, Rich worked as principal at Polk and Shadow Valley elementary schools. Rich Nye will assume her duties as curriculum director along with his other responsibilities.

Williams said while the district always tries to be fiscally frugal, it also wants to make sure the right people are in the right places to create a better culture in the district. Employees know they may be shuffled around as well. While some of the employees applied for the positions, others were appointed.

He said the district isn’t as top-heavy with district administrators as some people think. Next year there will be only 15 district-level administrators, which is comparable to Provo and Salt Lake districts and their population size.

Sondra-Jolovich Motes will no longer serve as principal at Dee Elementary. She will be part of a three-member team that will oversee specific parts of the district. Currently there are two administrators over the Ben Lomond High School zone and its feeder schools and the Ogden High School zone and all its feeder schools. Motes will be a third part to that equation and the areas will be re-divided, said Williams. Current Mount Ogden Junior High School Assistant Principal Bev Jenson will take over as principal at Dee.

Other changes include Rebecca Ellis, assistant principal at Ben Lomond High School, to become principal at Mound Fort Junior High; Kelly Muncy, assistant principal at Ogden High, selected to be the new assistant principal at Mount Ogden.

Benjamin Carrier will take over as assistant principal of George Washington High School. He also was working in an administrative position with the district. Superintendent Brad Smith said he was impressed with the high level of qualification of all the internal applicants, stating that all applicants could serve right now as principals.

Williams added that it is unusually soon for the district to announce its changes for next year, but that it wanted to have these changes in place to be prepared for next year early. With changes in testing statewide and the open budgeting process, they want the principals in place for next year so they can be in on the budget process for each of their schools.

Williams doesn’t think there will be more than a few more administrative changes before the end of the year.

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