A former Frontier elementary school principal who did not receive tenure and resigned in June has been named assistant principal at the high school. He also will be handling teacher evaluations, as well as continuing to coordinate education and data for all grade levels.
William McDonagh’s administrative career at Frontier has been like a whirlwind the last four months. His appointment this week by the School Board was unanimous, giving him a full-time position that carries a $70,000 yearly salary, effective Nov. 1.
McDonagh’s departure from Cloverbank Elementary School at the end of the last school year led to a public outcry to have the district reinstate him as the elementary school principal. Many Cloverbank parents publicly lobbied the administration to return him to the position, in which he earned $91,250. But the district did not budge, despite McDonagh’s popularity at Cloverbank. A petition and 400 letters of support for McDonagh were submitted to the district.
A month later, the district appointed McDonagh as coordinator of education and data for pre-kindergarten through 12th grades. It was a part-time position, paying $41,000 a year, and previously had been held by Sharon Smith, who left for a job in another district.
But Tuesday night, the board accepted the resignation of Assistant High School Principal Peter Frank, who accepted an assistant high school principal post with Maryvale School District.
Frontier’s assistant high school principal position had been axed in the budget cuts last spring. Administrative union concessions allowed the district to bring it back, but only while funding it as a 10-month position.
The School Board this week then eliminated the 10-month assistant high school principal position and created a 12-month assistant principal post, combining it with the education and data coordinator duties.
McDonagh then was named to wear both those hats.
Superintendent James Bodziak said McDonagh will be handling various duties, but a primary one will be the new state-required teacher evaluations, in addition to interpreting data.
When asked about the turn of events involving McDonagh, Bodziak said: “Before he was an elementary principal, he was an assistant middle school principal. He’s better suited for secondary education. He’s got the right skills.”