East principal hopefuls to be interviewed

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McNellis to make final decision

By Mercy Lopez

Las Vegas City Schools will begin interviewing prospective principals for the upcoming school year this week, interim Superintendent Sheryl McNellis-Martinez said.

Every administrator position in the district from assistant principals to assistant superintendent is vacant for next school year after McNellis-Martinez decided that everyone currently holding those posts would need to reapply for the jobs and compete with other applicants.

“The positions have been advertised for nearly 20 days,” McNellis-Martinez said.

She has established committees to make recommendations on who the principals for next year should be, however McNellis-Martinez will make the final decision on who gets the job.

The help-wanted ads seek various administrative positions, including several elementary school principals, a middle school principal and a high school principal with a closing date last Friday.

This school year, several principals were assigned oversight of two schools, but McNellis-Martinez said that due to savings in vacant positions, next year’s budget allows for an administrator for each school site. The only schools that will have a split principal will be Mike “Mateo” Sena Elementary in Sapello and the Early Childhood Center.

This week several committees with parent and staff representatives will interview prospective principals and provide their recommendations to McNellis-Martinez. Each school submitted names of parents and staff members to McNellis-Martinez, and she put the committees together based on the schools’ input.

McNellis-Martinez recently met with committee members to discuss the process.

“You were chosen by people from your school site who thought you would be good representatives to choose the school site’s administrators for next year,” McNellis-Martinez told committee members.

Interviews for the elementary positions were to take place on Wednesday, June 1, with interviews for the secondary positions beginning on Friday — both at the school board room.

Each elementary interviewee will have to give a 10-minute presentation, answer a list of questions provided by McNellis-Martinez and two unique questions from the committee pertaining specifically to the school sites they represent.

The secondary school candidates will undergo the same process; however, they will be asked five questions specifically from the committee.

As of Wednesday, there were nine applicants for the elementary positions.

“I’m expecting a lot of 11th-hour candidates.” McNellis-Martinez said.

She said the committees will each meet after the interviews and submit the names of three people for each position.

“I will have the final say,” she said.