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Hart new SHS principal

Sunnyside native Brian Hart has been named to replace Dennis Birr as prinicipal at Sunnyside High School.

Hart's promotion, from assistant prinicipal at the local high school to principal, is pending school board approval.

"Brian will provide strong leadership and continue to move our high school forward in improving student achievement," said Sunnyside Schools Superintendent Dr. Rick Cole.

Hart, once the local school board directors complete the formality of naming him principal, will take over for Birr on July 1 of this year.

A resident of Sunnyside since he, himself, attended school here, Hart has worked as an assistant principal at Sunnyside High School for the past four years. Prior to that, he taught in the classroom for four years, three of them at Sunnyside High School.

He is a 1991 graduate of Sunnyside High School. Hart went on to earn a degree in education from Eastern Washington University in '97, and completed his Master's degree work in education administration at Central Washington University in 2002.

Candidate interviews for the principal's position were held earlier this week. Following a statewide search, said district officials, Hart was deemed the top choice for the job.

"We have good programs in place right now," Hart said this morning in a telephone interview. "We want to continue those, as well as have an open communication with parents in the district.

"I think we can always do better in that area," he added.

Hart said one way to improve communication is to have translators available at the high school for the monolingual residents of Sunnyside.

"We want everyone to feel welcome to our school," he said.

Hart added that one of his goals will be to go out into the community at least once a month and speak to those who are interested in hearing about what is going on at the high school.

"Service club meetings, things like that, where myself and department heads can address what is happening at the school," he explained.

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