Frank DeAngelis, principal of Columbine High School in Colorado, retired in June. He had been the principal since 1996. After the shooting of April 1999, he promised the then-ninth grade class he would not leave until they graduated. In 2012, he graduated students who were in kindergarten at the time of the shooting.
Dan McMinimee was named superintendent of Jefferson County Schools in Colorado, the state’s second-largest district, and will start the job in July. He is currently the assistant superintendent at Douglas County Schools, a nearby district that has enacted controversial reforms in recent years. The Jefferson County school board voted 3-2 to hire him, amid an outcry from community members concerned about potential reform.
Closing achievement gaps
Eva Stevens, principal of Heatherbrae Elementary School in Arizona’s Cartwright School District No. 83, received the Accelerate Institute’s national Ryan Award for closing low-income and minority student achievement gaps. She took the urban K5 school from about 35 percent proficiency in 1990 (when she began as principal) to 79 percent last year.
Shaving heads, raising money
Carl Vallianatos, an assistant principal in McHenry Community High School District 156 in Illinois, helped his school organize head-shaving events for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation to raise money for childhood cancer research. As of April, more than 4,500 shavees at 95 Chicago-area schools had raised more than $1.6 million.