Pasco schools change process to become an assistant principal
On coming into office, Pasco schools superintendent Kurt Browning said he wanted to change the process by which the district chooses school leaders. Too often, otherwise qualified candidates were not considered, he said, because of the system's pool process.
This week the district launched a new method for picking assistant principals. It takes added steps to ensure the hopefuls are well prepared through a new training program. But it does not eliminate the pool model. In fact, a district-generated list of frequently asked questions about the new initiative makes clear, "There will always be a list of qualified applicants who will be eligible to apply for open positions."
Moreover, it continues, the district will have just one way for teachers to rise into the assistant principal ranks. In-district candidates must participate in the NEP – International Leadership Fellows Institute, and only 20 applicants will be accepted to the program for 2013-14. "Moving forward, this will be the only way teachers can be admitted into the AP pool. The traditional HR process has been eliminated for Pasco employees," the district states.
Teachers already in the district's past assistant principal pool don't have to participate in the new one to remain eligible for jobs, though. Outside candidates are not affected by this new method, either. The deadline to apply for the program is April 22. Time will tell how this initiative might bolster the district's ranks of future leaders.