Friday, May 25, 2012

District loses Silver Creek principal

Lynn Seifert accepts new job in Colorado

Express Staff Writer

Lynn Seifert

Silver Creek High School Principal Lynn Seifert has tendered her resignation with the Blaine County School District to become principal at Central High School in Pueblo, Colo. Seifert's resignation becomes effective June 30.

Seifert has headed Silver Creek for three years, taking over in 2009 following the retirement of long-time school Director Barge Levy and at a time when changes were made in operation of the school.

Prior to 2009, the school was known as Silver Creek Alternative School and was located on Third Street in Hailey. Though the name and location were changed, the school still serves as an alternative school for students who aren't achieving well in a traditional high school setting. Silver Creek High School is now located in the District Support Services facility at the Community Campus on Fox Acres Road in Hailey.

The district also expanded alternative school enrollment starting in 2009 when the population was in the low 20s. The district reported Silver Creek's population last month at 43 students.

Seifert said 20 of her students will graduate this year, the highest number ever from Silver Creek. She said many of them have already passed five or six college-level courses.

Seifert said leaving Silver Creek was a "really hard decision."

She described her students as those who have "special social or emotional needs that aren't doing well in a traditional high school."

"It's all about setting up relationships with those kids, and I think that's what Silver Creek does because we have that small student group," she said. "We've got some of the smartest kids—I'd put them up against anybody—but they just don't thrive in a large school setting."

Prior to becoming Silver School principal, Seifert was director of the Cheatham County School District near Nashville, Tenn. In Tennessee, a school director position is the equivalent of a district superintendent position in Idaho.

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