OGDEN – Luke D. Rasmussen was appointed principal of Ogden High School during a special session held by Ogden School District's Board of Education on Thursday, March 24. Board members surprised those in attendance by also announcing a new assistant superintendent for the district and two more administrative appointments.

Rasmussen is currently principal of Northridge High School, in Davis School District. He was recommended to the Board of Education by members of a search committee, which included Ogden High School teachers as well as parents of students. 

“The search committee unanimously agreed one individual clearly demonstrated above the others the attributes vital for leadership as previously identified in discussions with OHS teachers, parents and community members,” said Superintendent Sandy Coroles, reading a statement during the meeting. “These attributes include the demonstrated ability to effectively support student academic achievement and initiatives, create collaborative and inspiring relationships with students, teachers and parents, and support strong and robust programs including athletics and extracurricular activities.”

The search for a new principal began in February, when it was announced that Ogden High’s current principal, Stacey Briggs, would be Highland Junior High’s principal next year. 

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Rasmussen, of North Ogden, graduated from Weber State University with a bachelor's degree in history and education. He started teaching in secondary schools in 2001, and his experience includes working with troubled youth and coaching football in Weber and Davis school districts. He's earned master's degrees focused on curriculum and instruction, technology education, and educational leadership.

Rasmussen said Northridge is a great school, and he’ll miss the people there, but this is a good opportunity for him.

“It’s close to my home. I’ve lived here, in this area, all of my life,” he said. “I also feel like this district is trying to do some great things.”

Rasmussen said he wants to learn from the faculty and community at Ogden High.

“That’s really going to be my chief effort at first, for me to learn where everybody else is at, and how I can help them,” he said.

Rasmussen's appointment as principal of Ogden High School is effective July 1, 2016.

The other appointees also start their new assignments at the beginning of July. Chad Carpenter, currently Ogden School District’s human resources administrator, will be the new assistant superintendent. Dee Elementary School is closing this summer, and Principal Beverly Jenson is moving to be the new principal at Taylor Canyon Elementary. Jeanne Clifton, who is now the principal at Taylor Canyon, will become the assistant principal at Heritage Elementary.

You can reach reporter Becky Wright at bwright@standard.net or at 801-625-4274. Follow her on Twitter at @ReporterBWright or like her on Facebook.

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