FARMINGTON -— Richard Swanson is going to be the principal of the Davis School District’s newest high school.

The district’s 10th high school is under construction off of Glovers Lane in Farmington. Currently the principal at Davis High School, Swanson will switch positions July 1, according to a news release, with the new school slated to open in August 2018.

The Board of Education made the announcement at a meeting Tuesday, March 7. Afterward, Swanson said it was Davis Superintendent Reid Newey who approached him about giving him the job.

“This is an opportunity I’m definitely very excited for,” Swanson said. 

Swanson has led Davis High for three years and prior to that served as principal of Sunset Junior High School for four years.

Throughout his career, which started 20 years ago at Bountiful Junior High School, Swanson has taught health, health science and technology and advanced athletic conditioning. He has also coached girls basketball, girls soccer and track.

Swanson will be in charge of overseeing the hiring of teachers, curriculum and scheduling. He said he will be an innovative principal and incorporate the use of technology and blended learning.

“We want to create a school like no other school that’s established in the state of Utah right now,” he said.

District spokesman Chris Williams said the interviews to find a principal at Davis High are completed but he doesn’t know when a candidate will be selected. 

Suzi Jensen, the principal of Clearfield High School, will be leaving her position to take over as the district’s Title I program director. She is replacing John Zurbachen, who moved into the position of district assistant superintendent.

Williams said interviews to find Jensen’s replacement at Clearfield High have also been completed but he doesn’t know when the finalist will be announced. 

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