After a thorough search inside and outside of the District and extensive interviews of candidates for the principal position at Vail’s newest high school, a new principal has been selected. Darcy Mentone, current assistant principal of Empire High School, will take the helm.
Ms. Mentone has been the assistant principal at Empire since 2008. Prior to AP assignment, she was the Site Achievement Teacher at Sycamore Elementary School. While there she developed, created, and organized the 2009 Golden Bell Award winning micro-society program, Stinger City. She has also been an active member of Andrada Polytechnic’s planning committee for the past year and a half.
Darcy will continue in her role at Empire, while simultaneously taking a leadership role in final decisions regarding the design of Andrada. She will also work on developing Andrada’s programming and staffing plans. At some yet undetermined point, she will transition into full time in her new role as principal of Andrada Polytechnic. The new school is scheduled to open in the 2012-2013 school year.
Superintendent Calvin Baker states, “Ms. Mentone is deeply invested in both this school and the Vail School District. She has been intricately involved in the planning process for Andrada Polytech from the very beginning. Ms. Mentone has demonstrated the ability to do the kind of work with citizens and businesses that will be necessary for this school to be successful.”
Congratulations, Ms. Mentone!