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With the retirement of Douglas High School Principal Dan Edwards this coming spring, a reshuffle of certain school district administrators will take place at the start of the 2019-20 school year.

Starting in the fall Ryan Mackey, current principal at Douglas Middle School, will move to the high school principal position. Chad Johnson, current assistant middle and rural school principal, will move to the DMS principal’s office.

Johnson will continue as the assistant rural principal for about a year, according to Douglas School District Superintendent Paige Fenton Hughes.

Steve Walker, current assistant principal at the high school, will be moving to the central administration office to fill the human resources position.

“We really need a central person for employee support,” Hughes said. “Currently that position is divided up between everyone at the administration office.”

Moving Mackey from the middle school to the high school will foster continuity in grades 6-12, according to Hughes.

“It will help with the students who transition from middle school to high school,” Hughes said. “Mackey and Johnson work well together.”

With the high school athletics director and middle school assistant principal positions open, Hughes received just under 40 applications for the two positions.

“Most were either in the district or in state,” Hughes said. “We did receive out of state applications, also.”

The DHS athletic director and DMS assistant principal positions have been offered and accepted pending school board approval in April, according to Hughes.

“I feel confident that the focus of these administrators will remain on relationships and positive culture,” Hughes said.

Both moves and Edwards’ retirement has been approved by the board.

“I want to thank and honor Dan Edwards for 14 years of service to the district,” Hughes noted. “He has positively affected a lot of lives and we wish him well.”

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