Principal of New Eighth Elementary School Announced
With the successful passage of the February 25 referendum, work is already underway to begin planning for the new addition to Wayzata High School, as well as building an eighth elementary school to accommodate the district's growing student population.
Superintendent Chace Anderson is pleased to announce that Karen Keffeler will become the new principal of the eighth elementary school. Keffeler has been principal of Sunset Hill Elementary School since 2004 and was associate principal of Wayzata East Middle School from 1999-2004. In addition to nearly 20 years of experience as a principal, Keffeler also has construction design and management experience from when she was involved in the process to build North Prairie Junior High in Winthrop Harbor, IL from 1997-1999.
Keffeler will remain the principal at Sunset Hill through the 2014-2015 school year and assume full-time duties as principal of the new elementary school beginning on July 1, 2015 to ensure a smooth opening of the new school in the fall of 2016. A dean (teacher on special assignment) will be hired at Sunset Hill to provide additional administrative support and coverage during the 2014-2015 school year so that Keffeler can also participate in the construction planning process. A new principal will be hired at Sunset Hill in time for the 2015-2016 school year.
"We are excited to have Karen step into this new role as principal of the new elementary school," shared Anderson. "Karen has the perfect combination of skills and experiences and it is important for her to be a part of the construction planning process from the beginning stages. We are committed to providing Sunset Hill staff with the additional support needed during the 2014-2015 school year to make this a smooth transition for everyone involved."