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New NU administrators are named

A longtime science teacher and a school counselor at Nevada Union High School will become assistant principals, district officials have announced.

Bruce Kinseth, science department chairman; and Cathy Peterson, counseling department chairwoman, will start their new jobs July 1.



They will replace Trisha Dellis, the future assistant principal at Bear River High School; and Duane Triplett, the incoming principal of Silver Springs High School.




Kinseth and Peterson do not have school administrator service credentials and, under state law, will have to be enrolled in a credential program, said Kurt Stenderup, Nevada Joint Union High School District assistant superintendent. The district will pay for the program, he said, adding he does not know yet how much that will cost.

Six people applied for the two assistant principal positions, all within the district, Stenderup said. The candidates included two with full school administrative credentials, he said.

Diane Correll, a NJUHSD trustee, said Kinseth and Peterson have the right skills for the jobs. A degree does not necessarily teach what the job requires, she added.

They know how to work with teachers, engage with students on a daily basis, and are very familiar with the programs at the school, Correll said. “That’s a really complex high school,” she said.

“We’re just really, really glad to have such capable people,” Correll said.

Stenderup said the district can organize classes for Peterson, Kinseth and other teachers interested in obtaining administrator service credentials, possibly through California State University at Chico.

That would not be an unusual arrangement, he and Correll said.

School administrators are hard to come by, Stenderup said. “A lot of school districts are growing their own administrators,” he said.

The other two NU assistant principals are Dave Wiik and Kelly Graham.

In the meantime, the search for a new NU principal continues. NU Principal Marilynn Keeble is slated to become principal of Sierra Foothill High School July 1.

So far, four applications have been received, Stenderup said. More are expected before the May 6 deadline, he said.

NU has more than 2,600 students.


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