College Community School District Superintendent John Speer is recommending Erik Anderson to be Prairie High School’s new head administrator. Anderson is the building’s interim principal, a role he’s had since Mark Gronemeyer resigned from the post in February.
“(Anderson) has done an exceptional job in the last three months,” Speer said. “He took a situation that was very delicate and handled it with class and dignity.”
Anderson has been a math teacher and associate principal at the high school during his 16 years with the district. He was one of three finalists for who rose out of the search to fill the administrative vacancy. Speer declined to release information about the other two individuals but called all three candidates, who were interviewed in late April, “exceptional.”
“(Anderson) came to that process and the groups were very impressed with his openness and honesty, his ability andwillingness to foster relationships with people, to communicate openly, to set a vision for eduction and the way it should be in the 21st century. All of those things made him a fantastic candidate,” Speer said. “He knows students, he knows staff … He knows areas he’d like to improve on and where he’d like to take the building.”
Details about Anderson’s contract are not available, but he is set to shed his interim status on Sunday, July 1 pending approval from the College Community school board. Members are set to vote on Anderson’s hiring at the board’s next regular meeting, which is scheduled for Monday, May 20.
Dan Bubon, former associate principal at Prairie High School, returned to the building earlier this year after Gronemeyer resigned and became the district’s secondary curriculum specialist. Filling the associate principal role permanently is among the tasks Anderson will tackle as Prairie’s new principal.
“I’m a big believer in building community. I think I want to reinforce that positive culture we already have started here, to reach levels we haven’t at Prairie High School. That will build toward better academic results and higher achievement for our students,” he said. “I’m just looking forward to having a full year with the students, of starting from the beginning and building together from the beginning.”