New Mize, Prairie Ridge principals named
Two new elementary school principals are joining the line-up in the De Soto school district.
The USD 232 Board of Education approved Monday the hiring of Lori Bradley as Mize Elementary principal and Michelle Hite as principal to Prairie Ridge Elementary.
Bradley and Hite both currently work at the school they will lead starting July 1.
Bradley, who is the learning coach and associate principal at Mize, began working in USD 232 as a fourth-grade teacher in 1998 at Woodsonia Elementary. She worked at Piper Middle School in Kansas City, Kan. from 1991 to 1998.
Since taught first and fourth grades at Mize from 2000 to 2004 before being named the associate principal of the school.
In 2005, the duties of learning coach were added to her roll current roll as associate principal.
Bradley received her bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Murray State University. She completed her master’s degree in gifted education from Kansas University in 1997 and a master’s in school leadership in 2003 from Baker University.
Hite, currently the learning coach at Prairie Ridge, began working for USD 232 in 2006 as a third-grade teacher at that school. Previously, she taught sixth-grade social studies and eight-grade English for 10 years at Robert E. Clark Middle School in Bonner Springs.
From 1989 to 1996, Hite taught fifth-and sixth-grade general studies at Southwest Intermediate School in Bonner Springs.
Hite received her bachelor’s degree in elementary education in 1989 from Jacksonville University in Jacksonville, Fla., and a master’s degree in administration from Northwest University in 2004. She completed her master’s degree in education curriculum and instruction from MidAmerican Nazarene University in 1997.
Bradley will take over duties from Pam Hargrove, who is currently overseeing Mize, Prairie Ridge and Belmont elementary schools.
In November, Hargrove was named the principal to the district’s seventh elementary, Belmont, which opens in August.
In January, Prairie Ridge Principal Jan McKinley asked to be let out of her contract early. McKinley had resigned effective at the end of the 2009-10 school year. With her departure the district appointed Hargrove to oversee the day-to-day activities at Prairie Ridge.
Ninety applications, 80 from out of the district, were received for the two principal positions, said Alvie Cater, district director of communications.
The interview process included input from parents, teachers, staff and community members. Parents were asked to fill out a questionnaire on what characteristics they would like in a principal, Cater said.
“We felt we had a lot of input from teachers and parents,” Cater said. “Those components helped the district make a good decision. We are looking forward to the transition and doing great things.”
While, the board of education approved the appointments of Bradley and Hite, contracts have not been completed.
Cater said Hargrove will work with both Bradley and Hite so that there would be a smooth transition by the end of the school year.