The Arlington Public Schools’ (APS) Board of Directors confirmed the selection of Duane Fish as the new principal of Arlington High School (AHS) during a special board meeting on April 10.
Fish has served as the principal of Bainbridge High School since June 2015 and also served as principal of Lawrence Junior/Senior High School in Lawrence, Mich. from 2012-15. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Public Administration and Criminal Justice from Western Michigan University and his Master of Public Administration/Educational Administration from the University of Michigan.
“Duane brings five years of experience as a successful principal in two school districts and six years of high school teaching experience in the area of Career and Technical Education. We are excited to have him join our administration team,” said APS Superintendent, Dr. Chrys Sweeting.
Last September, former principal Brian Beckley left to take a job with Everett Public Schools. Assistant principal, Christine Hinojosa, was appointed as interim principal for the 2016-17 school year. A comprehensive selection process for the next AHS principal was conducted and from the original pool of applicants, the field was narrowed to three semi-finalists. Those three candidates participated in a full day of formal interviewing, reference and background checks, and a community forum. Two finalists were selected to move on, and additional reference checks and site visits were conducted. Feedback was received from all participants in the process, as well as from various stakeholders through an online survey.
“I want to acknowledge the contributions and leadership that Christine Hinojosa is providing to Arlington High School as interim principal,” said Dr. Sweeting.
Fish will start as AHS’ principal on July 1.