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Parents Have Their Say on New Addison Mizner Principal

They’re losing their principal after six years.  So Addison Mizner Elementary School parents, teachers, and staff had a chance to give their own wish lists to the school district.

Kelly Mills Burke, a former Olympic Heights assistant principal, will return to the high school as principal. But the opening is complicated. Addison Mizner and Verde Elementary will be temporarily moved during complete rebuilds in the next few years, and AM will go up to eighth grade.

So before the top two principal candidates are picked and interviewed, the district sent in Jamie Wyatt, South Instructional Superintendent for Elementary 1, and Tim Kubrick, human resources partner. They had two meetings at the school on Tuesday.

Addison Mizner PTA president Mike Maynes found the school district’s presentation “transparent, realistic and candid. I’m glad we were part of the process,” he said.

Here’s part of what the parents said they want in the new principal at Addison Mizner:

  • Approachable with an open-door policy;
  • Has pre-K to eighth-grade experience;
  • Has experience with both special needs and gifted students;
  • Takes parents’ concerns seriously and acts on them;
  • Welcomes parents’ involvement and voluntarism;
  • Professionalism;
  • Comfortable in every role from running the car line in the mornings.

Wyatt cautioned parents who were looking to replicate Burke, who one parent said knew every child’s name in the school. “They will have big shoes to fill but that person will be who that person is,” she said.

School board member Frank Barbieri was at both listening sessions but didn’t speak. “I wanted to hear what the community, the staff, and teachers want so I can deliver,” he said. “I have a vote.”

By Marci Shatzman
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