New principal at Riverbend Elementary

Riverbend Elementary School will start the  school year with a new principal.

Former Harborview Elementary principal Suzie Cary will lead Riverbend for 2013 – ’14.

Cary replaces Shannon Avenson, who is leaving to become Assistant Director of Curriculum in St. Cloud, Minnesota.

Cary was a teacher and principal in the Juneau School District for 18 years before leaving to continue her education in administration.

She will return to Juneau from Arizona in September. But school begins in August, so former school district Human Resources Director Patti Carlson will serve as principal for the first few weeks.

The district will conduct a nationwide search for a permanent principal early next year.

Three new principals have been hired this year – at Yaakoosge` Daakahidi High School, Juneau Douglas High School and Riverbend.

The district also has hired an interim director of Human Resources.

Dr. Michael Grubbs has already started the job.  He’s been a classroom teacher and superintendent in four western states, and has a law degree.

The position was advertised in the spring but not filled, and Superintendent Glenn Gelbrich appointed Grubbs to fill in.

The permanent job will be advertised again in early 2014.

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