Battle Ground Public Schools’ Interim Superintendent Duane Rose, and incoming Superintendent Mark Hottowe, have recommended Travis Drake to be the new principal at Prairie High School. The recommendation will go to the Board of Directors for final approval at the next meeting scheduled for Saturday, May 31.
Drake began his career in 2003 serving as a seventh-grade teacher at Lewisville Middle School and advanced to become the assistant principal at CAM Academy, (2008-2010), and assistant principal/athletic director at Prairie High School, (2010-2013), before moving to Pleasant Valley Middle School where he has served as principal over the past year. Drake was chosen after the three final candidates participated in a day-long series of interviews culminating in the PHS Principal Forum, where over 80 staff, students, and parents took part in question and answers sessions with each candidate. Dozens of comment forms were returned to the district office for review before the final decision was made.
“I want to thank all of the candidates for their strong applications,” said Superintendent Hottowe. “Thanks to the interview teams and comment forms from the community forum, we are confident in our selection of Mr. Drake as the new Prairie High School Principal.”
Upon Board approval Drake will make the transition to the new position on July 1. Current PHS principal, Jason Perrins, will be leaving the district after 10 years in the position to pursue a career as the new principal at Karl C. Parrish K-12 School in Barranquilla, Colombia. “We want to thank Jason for his years of service at Prairie and wish him the best in his new adventure,” said Hottowe.