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Leadership Changes for Snoqualmie Middle School, CTE


The District is planning a “re-organization” of three administrative roles for next year, in preparation for re-opening Snoqualmie Middle School next fall.  Specifically, Snoqualmie Middle School Principal Doug Burnham has been appointed to be director of College, Career and Life Readiness; Twin Falls Middle School Assistant Principal Megan Botulinski has been appointed to be principal of Snoqualmie Middle School next year; and the district’s English Language Arts K-12 Coordinator Shawn Lawrence has been appointed to be the SMS assistant principal.  These new roles will be effective July 1.


“I am delighted that all three of these proven leaders have accepted my offers to assume new roles for next year. I believe this transition will help support the needs of our middle school students and staff, while allowing for a full-time focus on expanding college, career and life-readiness opportunities for students throughout the district,” said Snoqualmie Valley School District Superintendent Rob Manahan.


The District is sharing these plans now, far in advance of re-opening Snoqualmie Middle School, so that middle-level staff have more information as they consider options regarding staffing assignments for next year.  Next week, watch for an update about other preparations underway regarding the re-opening of Snoqualmie Middle School.  


About the Transitions:


“I believe our role as a community school district is to ensure that every student who graduates from our high schools will be able to take advantage of any opportunity that might present itself post graduation. This could include 2-year college, 4-year university, technical school, military, career or entrepreneurial opportunities.  As we continue to prioritize this focus – which aligns with the district’s mission of preparing all students for college, career and citizenship – the School Board and I believe this warrants a full-time district-level position,” explained Superintendent Manahan.  


Doug Burnham was hired last spring as SMS principal to prepare for the school’s re-opening in fall of 2019, and will continue these planning efforts through this school year.  Previously, he was an assistant principal and part-time Director of Career and Technical Education (CTE) at Tahoma School District.  In his new full-time CTE role, he will be responsible for building upon the efforts at Mount Si High School and Two Rivers to forge community partnerships, in order to offer a variety of learning opportunities, career pathways, apprenticeships, internships and other experiences to help spark students’ interests.  This role will also focus on fully utilizing the new CTE spaces at the new MSHS.


“Since joining our district, I’ve been impressed with Mr. Burnham’s CTE expertise, passion, philosophy, and connections throughout the state, and feel he is uniquely qualified to take on the full-time role of Director of College, Career and Life Readiness,” said Manahan.


He added, “In addition, I appreciate the contributions of Mount Si High School Assistant Principal and CTE Director Brian Ferguson. In his short time here, he has proven to be an exceptional leader who has already made significant community connections and relationships. We believe the current part-time CTE model, however, does not allow the time needed to fully pursue the district’s new CTE vision. I am excited for Mr. Ferguson’s continued positive contributions to MSHS’s future, and at the same time, look forward to the possibilities of what a full-time focus on CTE will accomplish for our students.”


Megan Botulinski has been named principal of Snoqualmie Middle School next fall.  She has served as Twin Falls assistant principal since 2015, where she plays an integral role promoting the school’s positive environment and high standards of excellence.  She will continue in this role through the end of the 2018-19 school year.


“Ms. Botulinski is a respected leader who has established strong and caring relationships with students, staff and parents. I have no doubt that she will cultivate a positive school culture and an outstanding middle school experience for all SMS students and families next year, and for years to come,” said Manahan.


In addition, Shawn Lawrence has been appointed assistant principal of SMS. Lawrence completed her principal certification last year, is currently the English Language Arts Coordinator for K-12, and has taught 7th grade Language Arts at both Twin Falls and Chief Kanim middle schools.


Details on plans to hire an assistant principal for Twin Falls Middle School, to replace Botulinski next year, will be provided at a later time.