Kelli Campbell hired as new principal 05.11.2011

Written by David Green.

campbell.kelliBy DAVID GREEN

Morenci should have a new middle school/high school principal lined up for the next school year following a special board of education meeting tonight.

Morenci’s administrators decided last week to offer the job to Jonesville mathematics teacher Kelli Campbell. She notified Morenci superintendent Dr. Mike Osborne over the weekend that she’s ready to take on the job.

Board members will vote tonight on whether to accept the recommendation to hire Campbell.

Campbell topped an initial field of 18 applicants and the subsequent eight candidates who were interviewed by a committee of teachers, staff members and administrators.

Three finalists—Morenci mathematics teacher Brad Brown, Pittsford industrial arts and social studies teacher John Hoeft and Campbell—were called back for second interviews.

Osborne said the district was in a very fortunate situation with the quality of the three finalists. He believes any of the three could do a quality job. It was just a matter of deciding which one was the very best.

“We think we’re putting the right person in place,” Osborne said.

He described the Jonesville native as an extremely genuine person who is knowledgable about school leadership. He said she had all the right reasons for stating why she wants to take on the job.

Campbell told him that she and her husband look forward to relocating in Morenci. The couple has three children.

Campbell is in her fifth year of teaching at Jonesville and is just completing work on a masters degree in educational administration.

While a teacher, she served on the district improvement team and the Title II fund distribution team. She also has coaching experience and serves as the yearbook advisor. She won the Outstanding Student Teacher award in her undergraduate work at Siena Heights University.

Osborne said that July 1 is the typical time for a new administrator to begin working, but he hopes Campbell will be able to get an early start to take on the difficult school year the district faces.

RETIREMENT—Veteran bus driver Pat Houtekkier submitted a letter of resignation effective May 2 and the board is expected to take action on her letter in the meeting tonight.

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