During a Nevada Joint Union High School board meeting Wednesday, the board approved the hire of Kelly Rhoden and Paul Lundberg as assistant principals and Dennis Houlihan as head coach for the Nevada Union High School football team.
Rhoden and Lundberg will take the place of Bruce Kinseth, who is retiring after 38 years in the district, and Barbara Andrade, assistant principal of two years, who is moving to Southern California due to family concerns.
Houlihan will take the place of Dave Humphers, head coach of 22 years. He received a wave of support during the meeting, which was packed with people who spoke in his favor. (SEE SPORTS B)
Board member Richard Baker supported Houlihan, who coached his son’s baseball team, but expressed frustration at the lack of community input during meetings involving more serious issues like the school budget or superintendent search.
“Frankly, there are more important issues people should be involved in,” Baker said.
The hiring of Rhoden and Lundberg was approved unanimously.
Assistant Superintendent Trisha Dellis said she expects them to be strong leaders.
“We are looking for people with leadership skills and both of these individuals have shown a capacity for leadership in the current positions they are in,” she said.
Rhoden is a Bear River High School alumna who has coached sports since high school and who teaches physical education at Nevada Union.
Lundberg has worked at Del Oro High School since 1994, has lived in Nevada County since 1996 and has two children who are prospective Nevada Union students.
“I’ve lived a split life since 1996,” Lundberg said. “I wanted to be in their life at the high school and give back to the community.”
Lundberg was assistant principal and curricular coordinator at Del Oro. During his time there, he doubled the Advanced Placement course offerings and the school’s API score jumped about 100 points from 2007 to 2012.
“We were ninth or tenth in the county with a pretty low score of 780 and now we’re second in the county with 870,” Lundberg said.
Part of his plan for Nevada Union is to transition into Common Core and work on the culture of the school, he said.
“Nevada Union has so much to offer,” Lundberg said. “I’d like to see us grow so people don’t just look at us for arts and athletics, but being an incredible institution that the kids are really proud to be a part of.”
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