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Update on Senior High School Principal Search

May 8, 2023

Dear Rush-Henrietta Families and Employees,

You told us about the qualities you hope to see in a new leader for the Senior High School and we listened. After reviewing applications from those interested in becoming the next principal of our high school, we determined that the pool of applicants was not as deep as we had hoped. In response, the search is being extended through Wednesday, May 17. 

We believe it is critical to take the time necessary to ensure we find someone who will be able to effectively lead and support our students, faculty, and staff as we look to the future. District leaders are working diligently to identify and recruit highly qualified candidates who share our commitment to provide an excellent education to all of our students. 

The thoughtful input we received from our students, families, and employees in describing leadership attributes that will best support our high school has been extremely helpful. We want to be intentional and thoughtful about how we identify and support the right candidate. 

The district would like to thank those who previously agreed to be part of the panel interviewing candidates. Dr. Casey van Harssel, assistant superintendent for human resources, is reaching out to these stakeholders to provide them with rescheduled dates for these important conversations.

Dr. Tim Shafer will transition from the high school to his new role as the district’s director of career and technical education in July as planned.

The district will continue to update you regarding our progress in this search. We welcome feedback or suggestions you may have and appreciate your patience and support as we work to find the very best leader for our Senior High School.


Barbara Mullen
Dr. Barbara A. Mullen

P.S. - This message is being sent to families of students in grades 7-12, as well as employees at the Senior High School and Webster Learning Center.