Lawrence school district begins advertising 2 open principal positions

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Lawrence Public Schools district offices, 110 McDonald Drive.

Two of the three open principal positions in Lawrence are now being advertised on the school district’s website.

David Cunningham, the district’s executive director for human resources, told the Journal-World that his office posted advertisements Monday afternoon for the top positions at Liberty Memorial Central Middle School and Pinckney Elementary School.

Although the Liberty Memorial Central position says it was posted on Oct. 23, it did not appear on the school district’s job listing website until Monday.

A third open principal position, at Lawrence High School, has not yet been posted, according to the job listing website. District officials did not immediately respond to a Journal-World request on Tuesday for information as to why it was not yet posted.

All three schools currently have interim leaders while the district administration conducts searches and interview to find permanent principals.

Sabrina Tillman Winfrey is serving as interim principal at Liberty Memorial Central. She took over the position in May after the former principal, Jeff Harkin, moved to take an assistant principal position at Free State High School. Prior to Liberty Memorial Central, Winfrey served as an elementary administrator in the Hickman Mills district in Kansas City, Mo.

At Pinckney Elementary, Vicki Weseman is serving as substitute principal. She took over the position in September after the former principal, Kristi Hill, resigned. Weseman, who is a retired educator, has served often as a substitute principal since she retired in 2017. She previously served as the principal for Prairie Park Elementary for nine years.

Cynthia Johnson has been leading Lawrence High School as interim principal since July, replacing former principal Matt Brungardt. Brungardt resigned after serving in the position for 16 years. Prior to taking over the LHS position, Johnson served in many roles — teacher, administrator, consultant — in the Kansas City area for 33 years.


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