Leadership change at Bruin Point
Parents with children attending Sunnyside's Bruin Point were informed Sunday night that a new principal will be taking charge of the elementary school at the beginning of the 2013-2014 school year. The message, delivered by outgoing principal Leslie Jewkes via the Carbon School District's tel-communications platform, told parents that Wellington Elementary's Stacy Basinger would be taking over as the school's new administrator.
According to the message, Jewkes will be leaving the district at year's end to be closer to her daughters in the Salt Lake Valley. Through the message, Jewkes expressed her gratitude to the school's faculty and its students, stating that she had very much enjoyed her time at Bruin Point.
According to Carbon District Elementary Supervisor Joan Atwood, school officials were informed about a month ago of Jewkes' intention to leave and immediately began looking for a replacement.
"We initially had six applicants for the position, three of which we interviewed," said Atwood. "We then invited two of those individuals back for a second interview and arrived at our decision."
District officials and their advisory committees decided on Basinger, who is an "amazing" educator, she said.
"We liked everything about Stacy," said Atwood, describing the new principal's interview with district officials. "She is well-educated and well-informed. She has a great capacity for making good decisions and is very enthusiastic about her work."
Basinger, who holds a Master's Degree from Southern Utah University, joined the Carbon District in 2006 as a teacher. The first-time administrator inherits a socially unique school with various economic hardships as well as an ongoing reputation for over-achievement.
In each of the past three years, the students and faculty at Bruin Point Elementary have been honored by the Utah State Office of Education as a high performing Title One School. The small elementary has also garnered state awards for its success helping struggling children to "close the gap," by significantly improving standard test scores.
In 2012, Bruin's accomplishments drew the attention of national educators as the Sunnyside school was selected as a National Title One Distinguished School.
According to Atwood, the early selection of Basinger will provide her with the opportunity to job shadow Principal Jewkes as the school year winds to a close.
"It will be a big advantage for Stacy to get to know the students and the job before she takes over next year," said Atwood.
Basinger traveled to Bruin Point Monday afternoon to allow Jewkes to introduce her to the student body one grade at a time.