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Orchard Heights principal gets promotion

As principal of Orchard Heights, David LaRose brings leadership experience from elementary, middle and high school administrations to help students and families be successful in learning.

In his new position as assistant superintendent for school support, he’ll provide leadership to principals in improving education for their students.

LaRose, 40, has been promoted in a move Superintendent Bev Cheney says she believes will be “critical for providing direct support to our schools and for maintaining community partnerships.”

For the past two years, Cheney has been responsible for overseeing evaluation for principals. A program review by the community-based Citizens Budget Review in 2005 recommended the change.

The South Kitsap School Board is expected to approve the appointment on June 21.

The position replaces the director of student services, currently held by Frank Sullivan. He leaves to become vice principal at South Kitsap High.

“With all the initiatives in place for getting our kids up to standards, David will be able to prove support and increase engagement with families” in educating our children, Cheney said.

In addition to supervising and evaluating principals, LaRose also will promote the district’s Family Friendly Schools Initiative and work to enhance the kinds of community partnerships Cheney says are important to improving local schools.

“I’m passionate about public education and am committed to providing leadership for those who have the honor and great responsibility of educating children,” LaRose said in a district press release.

Among his accomplishments, LaRose was recognized in May with an award by the Washington State Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development for his vision and leadership in implementing an after-school academy that provides students with 90 minutes of additional instruction twice a week.

LaRose has been principal at Orchard Heights Elementary since 2004.

He came to South Kitsap from Gilbert, Ariz., where he was director of community schools for Gilbert Public Schools.

He directed before- and after-school programs and district K-Prep programs.

LaRose has been a teacher, an assistant principal of a middle school, a principal of an elementary school and an assistant superintendent.

He earned a Bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Lyndon State College in Lyndonville, Vt., and a Master’s degree in education from Carson-Newman College in Jefferson City, Tenn.

He is married and has two daughters.

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