Interviews for three elementary principal openings in the Washington School District have been completed and candidate recommendations will now go to the school board for approval.

Assistant Superintendent Brendan Mahon said there were three internal candidates and three external candidates for the positions at Marthasville, South Point and Fifth Street schools.

The interview committee consisted of four elementary teachers — two from Marthasville and two from South Point — and three administrators.

The current principal of Marthasville Elementary, Laura Bruckerhoff, recently was named assistant principal at Washington Middle School.

Sandy Borgman, South Point principal, is leaving the district at the end of the year to accept a position as director of special education with the Union School District.

At Fifth Street Elementary, Principal Teri Alsadi is retiring at the end of the year.

“We have offered contracts for the three positions and have verbal acceptance,” said Mahon. “But we won’t announce the names until the school board approves the contracts at its April 17 meeting.”

Mahon said two of three positions will be filled by internal candidates. He said the district had a total of 77 applicants for the positions.

“We had a lot of the same candidates who applied for the Clearview Elementary principal opening so that helped with the screening process,” he said.

The district interviewed 12 applicants for the Clearview position and hired Matt Busekrus of Troy. He will begin July 1.

Busekrus replaces Dawn Hellebusch, who recently was named director of the district’s new Early Learning Center which will open in August.

Busekrus is currently principal of Hawk Point Elementary in the Lincoln County R-III School District.

Other Openings

Mahon said the district currently has several openings in the elementary division, middle school and high school.

“Certified teacher contracts have just gone out so there could be more openings in the coming weeks,” he said. “We have about 17 retirements so far districtwide, which is pretty typical.” 

Teacher contracts are due back April 25, he said.

At Washington High School, the district is seeking a summer school driver education teacher, social studies teacher, biology teacher, long-term sub for instrumental music, a full-time and part-time health occupations instructor, language arts teacher and assistant band director.

At the middle school, there is an opening for a social studies teacher and there are several elementary teaching positions open.

The district also is seeking a ninth-grade volleyball coach and basketball coach, and middle school cheerleading coach, and there are openings in support services, food service and maintenance.

Mahon said there is no shortage of teacher applicants, especially at the elementary level.

“Elementary is where we get the most applicants — we currently have about 280 applicants for three openings,” he noted.

But even for the more specific teaching positions, applications are rolling in, he said. For instance, there are about 212 applicants for the high school social studies opening and 52 for language arts.

The district also recently hired a new communications and web content manager — Craig Vonder Haar of Pacific, who was a sports writer for The Missourian. VonderHaar replaces Tony Dobson, who left to work for a St. Louis County school district.