LOGAN —Dr. Frank Schofield has just completed his second year as superintendent of the Logan City School District. Looking ahead to the 2017-2018 school year, Schofield said the district has made some exciting personnel changes that will benefit the 6,000 students currently being served.
Schofield said the changes were initiated given a move out of state by Theresa Hough, who had been serving as the district’s teaching, learning and assessment services director. A redistribution of funding sources allowed the district to divide Hough’s single position into two, with Jed Grunig, Ellis Elementary School’s former principal, being appointed director of teaching, learning and assessment services for elementary schools. Melisa Richardson, who served most recently an assistant principal at Logan High, will fulfill the role for the district’s secondary schools.
“They are transitioning into those district office positions, and we’re excited to work with them,” Schofield said. “Obviously, that’s required some other administrative shuffles.”
Schofield is pleased to welcome Roxanne Sharr, a new hire from Washington State, to fill the position Richardson held at Logan High. He said Grunig’s successor at Ellis Elementary will be Doug Beach, a longtime assistant principal at Mount Logan Middle School.
“He’s got vast experience,” Schofield said. “He’s got his doctorate in education. He knows the district well, and he actually is an Ellis alum. Ellis is where he went to elementary school, so he’s excited to go back to his neighborhood and be part of that school and be part of working with those teachers.”
As Beach moves to Ellis Elementary, the district has appointed Thayne Hutchinson, previously a seventh grade science teacher at Mount Logan Middle School, to serve as the campus’ new assistant principal.
“We’re excited for him to have that opportunity,” Schofield said. “He knows Mount Logan extremely well. He’s been there for a long time. He knows the staff and the students. He’s an extremely successful teacher, and we’re thrilled to have him join our administrative ranks.”
Circling back to the district office, Schofield said the division of the teaching, learning and assessment services director into two positions has provided for several reassignments of responsibility. The transition already underway, David Long, the district’s educational and technical services director, will take on the management of student services in addition to his IT role.
“We were able to take some of the curriculum that Dave had previously been responsible for and transition it over to Melisa and to Jed,” Schofield explained, “and so that opened up his time a little bit.”
Schofield said the change in Long’s assignment will allow Marci Elliot, who had previously been directing student services, to focus on special education management.
Schofield began his own career in education at Logan High, where he was a Spanish and ESL social studies teacher. He then served as the principal of Wilson Elementary before spending seven years as an elementary and middle school principal in the Canyons School District in Sandy. He’s said he’s glad to be back in Cache Valley.
“The size of our district allows us to do certain things very consistently across the board,” he said. “As we outline the opportunities that we want to provide for students starting in kindergarten and leading up through twelfth grade, we think we can really set our students up for a high level of success and help them feel that they’re having a good experience in school and after.”