Two of the highlights of the Sept. 14 meeting of the Rim of the World Unified School District’s board of trustees were the approval of Terry Gomes as principal of Mary Putnam Henck Intermediate School (MPH) and the seating of Diane Zhang as the student representative to the board.
Gomes has served as assistant principal and interim principal of the school. His approval was met with thunderous applause by those in the audience.
“What struck me about Terry,” Interim Superintendent Mike Whisenand said, “is he has a heart for the kids. That came across loud and clear. At back-to-school night I was watching him interact with the parents and kids. I knew this would be an easy one (to approve).”
Diane is a senior at Rim High; she is president of the National Honor Society and a member of Interact, as well as other clubs at the school.
Her PowerPoint presentation included news of the back-to-school nights held at the three elementary schools, as well as a Patriot Day ceremony held at Charles Hoffman Elementary School on Sept. 11.
At MPH they have added several electives, including two periods of drama. The AVID program continues to grow at MPH. Twelve students – 23 percent of the English Learners program – have qualified for reclassification. That news drew cheers from the trustees.
Construction has been completed at Mountain High School, creating private offices for the administrators. Two students have already graduated this year with several more expected to graduate in October.