has a new principal and assistant principal, the district announced Thursday.
Ian McFeat, Assistant Principal of Kentlake High School in Kent, WA, will assume the top spot effective July 1. And named to the position of Assistant Principal of Curriculum and Instruction was Jim Cartnal, who has taught at the high school since 2003.
In a prepared statement, Superintendent Wendy Sinnette said, "This administrative team demonstrates the perfect blend of all the professional and personal qualities we wanted for site leadership at LCHS. My vision in creating this team is to bring long-term stability to the site’s administration.''
The following is the district's full announcement:
The La Canada Unified School District announced today the hiring of Mr. Ian McFeat as Principal of La Canada High School effective July 1, 2012. Mr. McFeat currently serves as Assistant Principal of Kentlake High School in Kent, Washington.
Chief amongst Mr. McFeat’s accomplishments as an assistant principal were building a partnership between Kentlake High School and the University of Washington to bring rigorous college courses to his high school students and the creation of a multidimensional testing program which centered upon strengthening intellectual rigor of course offerings, supporting teachers in the classroom and unifying the school community in its focus on student success and achievement. McFeat’s outstanding work and extensive experience as an assistant principal has readied him for the principal position at LCHS.
Mr. McFeat’s administrative team will consist of Dr. Jarrett Gold, Assistant Principal of Discipline, Activities and Athletics and Mr. Jim Cartnal, Assistant Principal of Curriculum and Instruction, whose hiring was also announced today. Mr. Cartnal has been a teacher at LCHS since 2003, holding various leadership roles, including Department Chair, Beginning Teacher Support Provider, Student Teacher Enrichment Program (STEP) Coordinator, and WASC Committee Chair.
In its hiring process, the La Canada Unified School District’s Human Resources Office solicited feedback from staff, students, and parents in efforts to identify the key characteristics essential for the success of this new leadership team. Repeatedly, stakeholders cited the qualities of integrity, work ethic, intelligence, student centered focus, teacher support, and responsiveness to the needs of the school community.
According to Superintendent, Wendy Sinnette: “This administrative team demonstrates the perfect blend of all the professional and personal qualities we wanted for site leadership at LCHS. My vision in creating this team is to bring long-term stability to the site’s administration. The team’s complementary strengths address our needs – they are committed to quality teaching and learning, dedicated to a healthy and receptive school culture, and they bring to the table energy, innovation, compassion and accountability. Our high school has a dynamic trio here, and I couldn’t be more pleased and confident in their future success.”