The new principal at El Capitan High School in North Merced will have a pivotal role in hiring staff members for the campus, as well as seeing that all necessary supplies and equipment are in place.
Sandy Schiber, assistant superintendent for human resources with the Merced Union High School District, said the new principal could be named at the end of May. Principal applications are due to close about May 14 and nearly 100 people are likely to apply for the post.
Schiber said the principal, assistant principal and activities director will be the first people hired for El Capitan, which is due to open in the fall of 2013 with freshmen and sophomores only.
Scott Scambray, district superintendent, said the overall hiring process for the campus near Bellevue Road, Farmdale Avenue and G Street probably will start in January. He thinks some people will be anxious to be part of a new school tradition while other district employees will be more comfortable staying where they are now.
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Schiber said the principal should have a vision for the school and be an instructional leader. He or she will be looking for staff members who want to utilize technology in the learning process.
The candidates will undergo two formal interviews, probing leadership and management styles. A third interview will be conducted and the top three candidates will be evaluated by district trustees who will make the final hiring decision.
Leonard Kahn, assistant superintendent and chief budget official, said total costs to staff and equip the school will include $273,872 for the next school year, $1.6 million for the 2013-2014 school year, $2 million for 2014-2015 and $2.4 million for the 2015-2016 school year.
Scambray said he doesn't anticipate having to hire new teachers unless there is a big spike in enrollment. Most of the new hires will come from other sites.
Schiber said the District Teachers Association will be involved in the staff selection process through their collective bargaining agreement and the association is identifying the qualities desired in the principal.
Kahn said some of the expenditures for salaries and benefits will be duplicated with staff moving from other schools to El Capitan.
Schiber said recruiting for the principal will take place within the district as well as outside. Scambray said the principal will order all equipment needed at El Capitan and be involved in weekly construction meetings with the contractor.
The principal will decide how offices and classrooms are configured, what needs to be purchased and the quantity of items, according to Scambray.
The school ultimately should house about 2,000 students; in its third year there will be about 1,750 students. The first class to graduate will be in 2016.
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