Bear River principal resigns |

Bear River principal resigns

The first day of the 2018-19 school year was particularly eventful for the staff of Bear River High School. The school’s principal Amy Besler announced her resignation Wednesday morning, according to Nevada Joint Union High School District superintendent Brett McFadden.

Besler will be joining the Elk Grove Unified School District as the director of secondary education. She will be coaching and mentoring principals and site leadership teams at six comprehensive middle schools and high schools. Combined, those schools serve about 10,000 students.

McFadden said that Besler informed her staff of her decision on Tuesday, and that the district has not yet decided on an interim principal. An interim plan will be put in place, and so far the district has posted the available position on educational recruitment site EDJOIN and in EdCal, a weekly newspaper for school administrators.

Although students and parents learned of her resignation Wednesday, Besler said she notified the Nevada Joint Union High School board of trustees on Aug. 7.

“I couldn’t make it public until today because the Elk Grove board of trustees (met) last night,” she explained, “and it hadn’t been officially approved until last night. But this has been in the works for weeks now.”

Whatever they do, McFadden said, they will involve teachers, students and the community in the selection of their new leader.

“It’s a wonderful opportunity for her, but a loss for us,” said McFadden. “My number one priority is to help the community and the school site find the next great leader.”

Besler’s last day on campus will be Aug. 31.

“It is so difficult to leave Bear River,” she said. “I have a pit in my stomach about leaving. I absolutely love the kids, the staff, the families. They’ve all been so kind and gracious toward me and we’ve done so many wonderful things together.”

Jennifer Nobles is a staff writer for The Union. She can be reached at or 530-477-4231.

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