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Three New Principals in BG Public Schools - 07/01/14
Three new principals, Tamarah Grigg, Kevin Palena and Jennifer Paulsen, were selected this week to fill vacant positions within Battle Ground Public Schools pending board approval.

Tamarah Grigg will be taking the principal position at Pleasant Valley Middle school, previously held by Travis Drake who recently transitioned to principal at Prairie High School. Grigg has been in BGPS for the past year serving as assistant principal at Glenwood Heights Primary School. Grigg brings years of experience as a principal, curriculum development administrator, instructional coach in mathematics, and adjunct professor at Washington State University Vancouver.

Kevin Palena will join Daybreak Middle School filling the position left by Shelly Whitten who recently took a new position as director of instructional leadership at the district office. Palena brings 10 years of experience working in K-12 education in a variety of positions around SW Washington. Palena recently served as assistant principal at Monticello Middle School in Longview and has spent over five years teaching English and academic literacy in local middle schools.

Jennifer Paulsen will fill the position at Tukes Valley Primary School after current principal Laurie Sundby also made the move to the district office to the new position of director of instructional leadership. Paulsen has spent the last 20 years working in education in northern Oregon and has been serving as principal at East Orient Elementary in Gresham, OR, since 2010.

"These are three dynamic and experienced leaders," said Linda Allen, executive director of human resources. "We had an excellent pool of candidates and we are excited to have these principal positions filled with veteran educators."
Matthew Kauffman assistant principal yacolt primary school
Matthew Kauffman assistant principal yacolt primary school
Two New Hires for Battle Ground Public Schools (Photo) - 06/30/14
Battle Ground Public Schools' Board of Directors approved the hiring of Teresa Taylor as the new director of student services, and Matthew Kauffman as the new Yacolt Primary School assistant principal. Taylor and Kauffman were presented to board members during the June 23 Regular Board Meeting alongside recent hires Mark Ross, assistant superintendent of teaching and learning, Shelly Whitten and Laurie Sundby, directors of instructional leadership, and Travis Drake, Prairie High School principal.

As director of student services Ms. Taylor will direct and monitor general student services programs covering compliance with compulsory education laws, student admission and enrollment, disciplinary issues and serve as a liaison between student services, schools, and community agencies. Taylor comes to the district with over 25 years of K-12 experience including time in the classroom as a primary and middle school teacher, facilitator for professional development, and director for student welfare and attendance.

"We are very excited to have Teresa on board," said Linda Allen, executive director of human resources. "She brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to our administration team and will help our department meet the needs of staff, students and parents in a more effective and efficient manner."

Mr. Kauffman will be filling the vacant assistant principal position at Yacolt Primary School. The position became available after previous assistant principal Carole Lueth announced her retirement earlier this year. "Matt will be an excellent addition to the Yacolt team," said Allen. "He brings years of experience working as a primary school teacher and coordinating multiple Title I programs."

The district is currently in the process of hiring three additional administrators, one middle school principal and two primary school principals, to fill vacant positions left from recent promotions. Additional information on these hires will be made available once the hiring process is finalized.