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New administrators for 2008-09 selected for schools in Grandview

GRANDVIEW - They aren't new faces to the Grandview School District, but they will be serving in new roles beginning next fall.

Jared Lind is currently a third grade teacher at Grandview's McClure Elementary School and the Grandview High School track coach. Jack Dalton is serving as Grandview Middle School's vice principal.

Lind will be filling the role of vice principal at A.H. Smith Elementary School next school year. He has served the Grandview schools since 1997 and began as a site coordinator for Grandview's Best SELF program.

He has taught fifth, fourth and third grade students at McClure Elementary School since 1997.

Lind said he will be serving Smith Elementary School as its vice principal for the 2008-09 school year with the anticipation of taking over the principal position in the 2009-10 year.

His administrative internship at McClure Elementary School took place during the 2005-06 school year. During that year, Lind observed the teachers and staff members of the school for the purpose of evaluations. He also was in charge of disciplinary actions and wrote a grant for morning intervention programs.

Lind said it has been a dream of his to "...work with a building versus a classroom."

He said the opportunity to work in an administrative role at Smith Elementary School was something he felt would serve the purpose of reaching his goals.

"It is a great building with great traditions," Lind stated.

He said he is looking forward to working under the current principal, Diann Zavala. He feels the experience of learning and working with the staff members at the school will serve him well in fulfilling his role.

"Diann has an excellent reputation," Lind commented.

The one thing he feels is unfortunate regarding his new duties is the fact that he will no longer serve as head coach for the Grandview High School track and field team.

"I will miss it. But, I look forward to volunteering my time working with the athletes as much as possible," Lind noted.

He said he has confidence in the current staff, whom he deems as excellent. "They will do well in continuing the program, seeing to the success of the athletes," he said.

Dalton, on the other hand, will not be changing schools. He is already familiar with staff, students and parents at Grandview Middle School and will make the transition to principal there.

"It's going to be a difficult transition because I currently work with the kids all day and I won't be working directly with them as much," Dalton said, stating that he is, however, ready for the challenges associated with being the principal of the school.

Dalton has been the vice principal at Grandview Middle School for six years. He has served under three principals and performed evaluations of the teachers at the school during his tenure.

Prior to serving at Grandview Middle School, Dalton worked in the Granger schools. He has taught third, fifth and sixth grade students.

Now, said Dalton, he feels he is ready to become principal for the school in which he feels he has learned much.

He said he will be working more directly with the staff at Grandview Middle School. He has hope of applying what he has learned from other principals throughout the years.

Dalton said he also has hopes of being accessible to parents, students and staff members in his new role. "I enjoy the interaction," he explained.

In his new role, he will be performing more observations of staff members and "...more paperwork."

Dalton said the role of the principal also means following up on WASL results is crucial. He said he will need to take measures in ensuring students at the school achieve benchmarks.

"I'm just looking forward to the challenges ahead...I'm ready to meet the expectations of staff, students and parents," he commented.

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