Change at the Helm; Twin Falls Principal Leaves Growing School, Takes Newly Created District Administrator Position

Next year is a year of change for the Snoqualmie Valley School District, so what’s one more.

It was announced today, July 16, 2013, that Twin Falls Middle School Principal, Ruth Moen, will step down from her middle school leadership role – as Twin Falls prepares to gain approximately 200 new students when Snoqualmie Middle School converts to a freshman campus in September.

Her role will be filled by a familiar and experienced Twin Falls face, Assistant Principal Marty Barber, who began at Twin Falls when it opened in 2008.  The change is effective immediately.  Mr. Barber’s vacated assistant principal position has been posted for hire and will be advertised statewide.

Ms. Moen will move to the Snoqualmie Valley District Office, taking the newly created position of Director of Instructional Support.  According to the SVSD website, Moen will work with the Asst. twin fallsSuperintendent implementing new state-mandated initiatives, work she began last year by defining and developing the new teacher and principal evaluation systems; systems that begin implementation this fall.  She will also help manage student assessment requirements and lead professional development as SVSD transitions to the state’s Common Core Standards (CCSS).

Other leadership changes for the 2013/14 school year include Snoqalmie Middle School principal, Vernie Newell, becoming principal of the new freshman campus and Mount Si High School Asst. Principal, Beth Castle, relocating to Chief Kanim Middle School as an assistant principal.  Chief Kanim has not had an assistant principal since before Twin Falls Middle School opened, but will need one next year to accommodate higher enrollment when the district decreases to two middle schools.

Superintendent Aune said in today’s announcement, “I’m extremely pleased that both Ms. Moen and Mr. Barber have accepted my invitation to assume these key leadership positions. Ms. Moen will play a significant role in helping to guide and prepare our district for the implementation of two state-mandated initiatives that are monumental in scope. Both initiatives, if implemented effectively, will build capacity in our teachers and principals to do this important and challenging work as we continue to strive for excellence in our schools.”

It isn’t currently documented what the new Director of Instructional Support position will add to the district’s 2013-14 operating budget.  2012-13 teacher and administrator salaries are public record and documented online.



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