The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa


May 15, 2014

Administration shifts

CLINTON – Clinton High School Principal Karinne Tharaldson Jones’ resignation announcement adds to the growing list of administrator shuffling currently taking place within the Clinton School District.

When the vacancy becomes official — likely at the next regular school board meeting — it will mark the sixth administration switch for the district as it looks ahead to the next school year.

It also will mean a majority of CCSD students won’t return to their previous principals. This scale of change is unprecedented in Superintendent Deb Olson’s tenure.

“We hadn’t had really any changes to the administrative team since I became superintendent,” she said. “It’s something that happens in the course of a school life.”

After 45 years in education, Human Resources Director Jess Terrell has announced his retirement, capping off a 14-year stint in the district. Olson confirmed there will be no replacement for Terrell. His duties will be spread out between herself, Curriculum Director John Jorgenson and Student Services Director David Bloom.

Olson said the district isn’t seeking a full-time replacement for Terrell because of a $900,000 budget reduction.

“Unfortunately, with budget reductions, that was the only way I could see us fulfilling the responsibilities of that position,” Olson said. “I can tell you it’s going to be difficult.”

Joining Terrell in retirement are elementary school principals Bev Goerdt (Whittier Elementary) and Bonnie Freitag (Jefferson Elementary). Both principals have already been accounted for with one outside hire. Theresa Zahs from Hills Elementary School in Des Moines will replace Freitag.

There can only be one middle school principal heading into the next school year with the district’s newest facility opening in December. Dan Boyd will take over that post after serving as Lyons Middle School principal. His counterpart at Washington Middle School, Brian Kenney, is replacing Goerdt at Whittier Elementary.

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