Battle Ground Public Schools’ Board of Directors approved the hiring of Teresa Taylor as the new director of student services, and Matthew Kauffman as the new Yacolt Primary School assistant principal. Taylor and Kauffman were presented to board members during the June 23 Regular Board Meeting alongside recent hires Mark Ross, assistant superintendent of teaching and learning, Shelly Whitten and Laurie Sundby, directors of instructional leadership, and Travis Drake, Prairie High School principal.
As director of student services Ms. Taylor will direct and monitor general student services programs covering compliance with compulsory education laws, student admission and enrollment, disciplinary issues and serve as a liaison between student services, schools, and community agencies. Taylor comes to the district with over 25 years of K-12 experience including time in the classroom as a primary and middle school teacher, facilitator for professional development, and director for student welfare and attendance.
“We are very excited to have Teresa
on board,” said Linda Allen, executive director of human resources. “She brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to our administration team and will help our department meet the needs of staff, students and parents in a more effective and efficient manner.”
Mr. Kauffman will be filling the vacant assistant principal position at Yacolt Primary School. The position became available after previous assistant principal Carole Lueth announced her retirement earlier this year. “Matt will be an excellent addition to the Yacolt team,” said Allen. “He brings years of experience working as a primary school teacher and coordinating multiple Title I programs.”
The district is currently in the process of hiring three additional administrators, one middle school principal and two primary school principals, to fill vacant positions left from recent promotions. Additional information on these hires will be made available once the hiring process is finalized.