Two new assistant principals will be hired at Nevada Union High School to take the place of departing administrators.
Kelly Rhoden and Paul 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.
Rhoden is a Bear River High School alumna who has coached sports since high school. Lundberg has been assistant principal at Del Oro High School since August 2009 and resides with his family in Nevada County.
“They are both going to be strong leaders in our school,” said Trisha Dellis, Nevada Joint Union High School assistant superintendent. “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.”
The hiring process involved 79 applicants for the two positions, Dellis said, with seven interviewees the first round and three the second round, when the choice of Rhoden and Lundberg was made.
“We went through an extensive process,” Dellis said.
Kinseth, who had been assistant principal for nine years, said his departure will not be without lingering memories of the relationships he made over the course of the career he loved.
“I’m looking forward to retiring, but there’s certainly a lot of parts about this job I’m going to miss,” Kinseth said.
Though Kinseth has never met Lundberg, he said he was highly recommended, and the staff looks forward to working with him.
“People who run the interview panel were very excited about him, and he comes from a great school with a great tradition as well,” Kinseth said.
From his time working with Rhoden, Kinseth said he believes she will be an asset to the administration with her ability to lead with compassion.
“She has a heart, knows how to work with people on problems and can be understanding but also knows how to hold the line for expectations, and a considerable part of this job is school discipline … and I have no doubt she’ll be able to do that,” Kinseth said.
The final approval of the two candidates for the positions will take place during a board meeting 8 a.m. Wednesday.
“It’s official that we’ll be recommending them for approval,” Blake said. “We’re really excited to have them on staff because they’ll be filling big shoes.”
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