Hamilton Recommended for BGHS Principal Position

posted Mar 16, 2015, 4:57 PM by BGPS Web   [ updated Mar 23, 2015, 7:49 PM ]

Hamilton Recommended for BGHS Principal Position

March 16, 2015

Battle Ground Public Schools Superintendent Mark Hottowe has recommended Mike Hamilton as the new Battle Ground High School principal. Hamilton is currently the principal at Kalama Middle/High School. The recommendation will go to the BGPS Board of Directors for approval at its regular board meeting on March 23. 

Hamilton, who lives in the Battle Ground district, began his career teaching in the Tahoma School District and Evergreen Public Schools before transferring to Kalama. At the Kalama School District he served as a teacher, assistant principal and athletic director, superintendent intern, and principal. During his 14 years as principal at Kalama Middle/High School, Hamilton led the school to three Washington School of Distinction Awards, three Washington State OSPI Achievement Awards, a Microsoft IT School Lighthouse Award and the State Superintendent's Learning Improvement Award. 

Hottowe is recommending Hamilton for the position after two final candidates participated in the March 10 Battle Ground High School Principal Forum, where students, parents and staff asked questions and completed feedback forms. Forum participants returned dozens of comment forms to the interview committee before a final decision was made. 

"I want to thank everyone who participated in this process, especially the interview committee members and the staff, parents and students who participated in Tuesday's forum," Hottowe said. "We had two very strong final candidates and I am confident moving forward with Mr. Hamilton." 

After board approval, Hamilton will take the leadership position at Battle Ground High School on July 1. Current Battle Ground High School principal Tim Lexow announced his resignation earlier this year after serving the district for 20 years. "We want to thank Tim for his years of service and leadership within the district and wish him the best in his future endeavors," Hottowe said. Lexow will serve as principal through the remainder of the school year.