By Stephanie Choate
Champlain Valley Union High School English teacher Jeffrey Evans will take the helm next year as the school’s interim principal.
The CVU School Board unanimously selected Evans on June 17 from a pool of approximately 30 candidates.
“CVU is just a place that I love,” Evans said. “I’ve been here for a long time and I feel as though I’m indebted to this place and anything I can do to help the people of CVU move forward I want to do.”
Evans starts July 1, when current principal Sean McMannon begins his new job as Winooski School District’s superintendent.
CVU Board Chairman David Rath said the board was looking for someone who would keep learning initiatives moving smoothly and “keep CVU the great place it is until we get a permanent principal, and (Evans) fits the bill perfectly.”
Evans joined CVU in 1993. In addition to teaching English, he has coached soccer, basketball and golf and, two years ago, became the Nichols House director.
He has also been heavily involved in what’s known as “Evolve”—an effort to transition into new learning standards and initiatives—and wants to keep the process moving smoothly.
Evans said he is looking forward to working with students, community members and faculty.
“This is a community that supports education extremely well,” he said. “I’m very fortunate to be working in a district where families respect the education process as well as they do.”
Evans will serve as principal during the 2013-2014 school year. He said he has not decided whether he will apply for the permanent position.
During the year, the CVU Board and Chittenden South Supervisory Union Superintendent Elaine Pinckney will work with a consultant to perform a comprehensive search for a permanent replacement. Rath estimated that the board will begin the search process in the fall and hopes to conclude it in the winter.