Archive for Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Free State opening draws 14 applicants

April 1, 2008


Administrators will begin screening 14 applicants to become the next Free State High School principal.

The pool of candidates represents Kansas and two other states, said David Cunningham, the Lawrence school district's division director of human resources for certified personnel.

"We have a range of applications there in terms of experience and educational backgrounds, so it was a pretty good mix," Cunningham said.

Administrators are looking to replace the high school's first and only principal, Joe Snyder, who will retire at the end of the school year.

Citing district precedent, Cunningham declined to release specific information about the applicants, including how many come from inside or outside the district. He did say the group includes a mix of current principals, assistant principals, other administrators and teachers.

Lawrence district administrators will narrow the list of those to interview. Then only a few candidates will meet Free State staff members, students and parents, who will consult with Superintendent Randy Weseman.

Weseman will then select the new principal, and he hopes to finish the process this month.


LLCS 10 years, 2 months ago

Lets hope that the applicant selected for this position does a better job than the first one. FSHS has really never had an opportunity to build rich traditions like Lawrence High has. Joe Snyder squelched attempts by students, boosters, and teachers. This principal and some of his staff belong to the "good ole boy" network and are extremely sexist and pompous. Some of the best teachers this district has ever had left FSHS for more respect and creative freedom. I have had 3 children graduate from Free State and if I had it to do all over again they would have attended Lawrence High School. To the interviewing committee - give this high school an opportunity to grow into a school rich in tradition, individuality, and respect for students and staff by hiring the right person this time.

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