Smetana named interim principal for 2014-2015

Lauren Grimaldi, News Editor

March 12, the Board of Education announced that current Assistant Principal for Curriculum and Instruction Kristin Smetana has been hired as the interim principal for the 2014-2015 school year. RB had been searching for a new principal since Pam Bylsma announced she would be leaving at the end of the year to become an administrator

The decision came after Smetana met with Superintendent Kevin Skinkis.

“Kristin Smetana has demonstrated the leadership and skills necessary to be named Interim Principal for the 2014-15 school year.  I think it’s in the best interest of the District to provide her an opportunity to work with the staff, students, and parents to see if she can be the principal for Riverside Brookfield High School in the future,” Skinkis said. “Kristin’s experience as a National Board Certified Teacher, Department Chair, and Assistant Principal provides a strong foundation for her to step into this role for the 2014-15 school year. Her deep understanding of curriculum and instruction will provide RB High School with the instructional leadership needed at the building level to guide the students and staff in making significant growth on the established District goals.  Kristin’s leadership and commitment to the professional development of the staff have been demonstrated on multiple occasions.  Her role in planning and organizing the joint institute day in collaboration with the three feeder districts was excellent.”

The school board  is in approval of Smetana as interim principal.

“The Building Principal plays a major role in the Superintendent’s organizational chart.  The Board is confident that Kevin would not have made this recommendation if it was not in the best interest of RB, or the District for that matter. All of Kristin’s interactions with the Board have been very positive.  I have been very impressed with her professionalism and work ethic. The Board is excited to see how Kristin will handle her new responsibilities,” school board principal Matt Sinde said.