Hermiston residents will be able to meet some of the finalists for the Desert View Elementary School principal job when the district hosts a meet-and-greet at the school’s library. The event, from 4:45 to 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 13, will allow the community to meet the candidates and provide feedback about them through anonymous comment cards.
According to a press release from the district, finalists for the position are Mona Berry, Dan Greenough, Paul Grimaud and Bruce Neil. Greenough and Neil, who live in the region, will be at the event, while Berry and Grimaud, who live out of the area, will be absent.
Berry is currently a director of curriculum and instruction in Michigan, and has worked as a principal. She is currently getting her doctorate in instructional leadership at Northcentral University, an online, for-profit program.
Greenough is currently the principal of Pendleton High School, and in February announced his intent to resign that position at the end of this school year. He was a principal at Weston-McEwen High School and at Onalaska High School in Washington before coming to Pendleton.
Grimaud is the vice principal of the American Creativity Academy in Kuwait. He has a master’s degree in elementary education from the University of Bridgeport.
Neil has served as the interim principal of Ferndale Elementary School for the past year.
Before that, he was the superintendent and elementary school principal in the Cove School District, and has served as the dean of students and assistant principal at Central Middle School in Milton-Freewater.
Former Desert View principal Laura Jacobsma resigned in December, in the middle of her first year with the district. Assistant superintendent Bryn Browning is serving as the interim principal for the remainder of the school year.