The Atlantic School District’s Board of Education Monday night approved by a vote of four-to-one, a proposed realignment of district administrative personnel beginning with the 2014 school year, in light of the announced resignation of Middle School Principal Cam Smith, which is effective at the end of the current school year. The change moves Atlantic High School Assistant Principal/Athletic Director Josh Rasmussen to Smith’s position. Matt Alexander, who is currently the Principal at the Schuler Elementary School, will become the Atlantic High School Assistant Principal and Athletic Director. The search will begin to find someone to fill Alexander’s position.
Board member Rod Hartwig was the only “No” vote on the matter. Prior to the vote, he questioned if anyone could effectively deal with the workload and discipline the AD position requires, on top of the Assistant Principal’s job. High School Principal Heather McKay said Rasmussen’s Assistant Principal’s job currently requires him to spend “very little” time on academic and disciplinary activities as compared to those which are related to athletics, which are very demanding.
In other business, the school board approved, by a vote of four-to-one a recommendation by Athletic Director Josh Rasmussen, to change the girls’ varsity and junior varsity sports team name from “Trojann’s” to “Trojans.” Board member Josh McLaren was the lone “No” vote. And, the Board approved the adding of one more day to the end of the school year, to make up for lost time due to snow days. The last day of school for students other than graduating Seniors, will be Wednesday, May 29th, barring any further lost days due to the weather.