Collierville High bids farewell to its leader of 20 years, Tim Setterlund, and Riverdale Elementary in Germantown will move forward without the man that led it for 29 years in David Carlisle.
Setterlund, who was named Tennessee "Principal of the Year" by the state Department of Educaiton in 2010, moves into administration as an assistant superintendent of research, planning and transition. He'll play a key role in helping SCS merge with Memphis City Schools, and his background and expertise with data management will help MCS and SCS as they collaborate on a new data warehouse designed by the tech company OtisED.
Carlisle told me this afternoon his 90-year-old father's failing health played the biggest role in his decision to step aside in the middle of the year. He did also say that the new state law requiring exponentially more teacher evaluations was a factor because it made catching up almost impossible.
"I can't say it didn't play a part in it," said Carlisle, who was in his 33rd year with SCS and 43rd year in education. "It was not the factor, but it did make it difficult."
Our quick web story has more on the timing and replacements for both men, plus more from Carlisle on the huge burdens the evaluation process added to the already time-consuming demands of running a K-8 school with 1,200 students and 100 employees.
Laura Link, a key member of SCS Supt. John Aitken's staff, gets a promotion from director of professional development to assistant superintendent for teaching, learning and professional development.
Click the jump below for the press release from SCS. We'll have a more complete story in Wednesday's print edition.
Shelby County Schools Announces Personnel Moves
Effective January 2, 2012, two new assistant superintendents will be joining Superintendent John Aitken's Executive Staff. Superintendent Aitken informed Shelby County Schools employees on Monday, December 5, that the positions had been filled.
Laura Link, who currently serves as Director of Professional Development for SCS, will assume the role of Assistant Superintendent of Teaching, Learning and Professional Development. Link hasbeen at the forefront of the district's work with reforms and initiatives brought forth through the state's First to the Top legislation, including the implementation of the district's teacher evaluation model, and will continue leading the system in these important areas.
Dr. Tim Setterlund, who is currently the principal at Collierville High School, will assume the role of Assistant Superintendent of Research, Planning and Transition. Dr. Setterlund is a recent Tennessee Principal of the Year. His new role will focus on the coordination of the district's Data Warehouse initiative and evaluation of principals. Like other members of the Superintendent's Executive Staff, he will also assist as a liaison in merger-related issues. Becky Kenley, Collierville High School's current vice-principal, will serve as interim principal for the remainder of the 2011-12 school year. Matt Nelson, a specialist in the Department of Curriculum & instruction, will become the school's interim vice-principal.
Superintendent Aitken also informed employees Monday that David Carlisle, a 33-year member of the SCS family, is retiring as principal of Riverdale Elementary (effectiveJanuary 2, 2012). Carlisle has been principal at the school since 1983.
"Mr. Carlisle's contributions to Riverdale, Shelby County Schools and the entire community are immeasurable," Aitken said. "He has been an inspiration to students, teachers and parents during his long career, and his presence will be greatly missed."
Joseph Bond, an assistant principal at Riverdale, will serve as interim principal for the remainder of the 2011-12 school year.