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    Polk County Education
14A Polk County Itemizer-Observer • March 15, 2017
SCHOOL NOTES
Lions scholarship application open to Dallas students
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student who is a resident of Dallas. The funds are to be used for tuition at an accredited uni-
versity, college or vocational school. Students graduating from Dallas High School, Morrison
Campus, an accredited home school, or an online school program are eligible to apply.
Applications are available at the DHS Guidance Office or online at http://
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Completed applications can be submitted to the Guidance Office or Teresa Ozias at Shetter-
ly Irick & Ozias, located at 189 SW Academy St., Dallas. For additional information, call 503-
623-6695.
Photo courtesy of Falls City School District/ Itemizer-Observer
Art Houghtaling will serve as Falls City Elementary School principal and interim super-
intendent next year. A dean of students post will replace the high principal position.
Leaders change in Falls City
By Jolene Guzman
The Itemizer-Observer
FALLS CITY — With the
departure of Superintendent
Jack Thompson at the end of
the school year, Falls City
School District will shuffle
leadership staff at both
schools.
Falls City Elementary
Principal Art Houghtaling
will add the title of interim
superintendent in the 2017-
18 school year, while keeping
his current duties. The Falls
City School Board approved
a contract for Houghtaling to
serve as elementary princi-
pal for the next three years.
The board is still consid-
ering the next steps as far as
his superintendent role.
Houghtaling has worked
in the district since 2006 and
became the elementary
school principal last year. In
2015-16, he was the assistant
K-12 principal.
This will be his first time
serving as a superintendent,
not something he expected
when he began his career.
“When I was hired, I
wanted to be a social studies
teacher for the next 30 years,
but life changes and oppor-
tunities present themselves,”
he said.
Currently, Thompson is
the superintendent, K-12
principal and special educa-
tion director.
Falls City School Board
members, Thompson and
Houghtaling discussed the
staffing changes at a work
session on March 8.
“We’re losing an admin
position and creating a dean
of students positions here at
the high school, and that
person would teach a couple
of classes during the day,”
Thompson said. “The spe-
cial ed position, my director
position, will be split be-
tween Janice (McVeety) and
Stephanie (McEwen). They
will be moved to 190-day
contracts so on Fridays they
will work on director posi-
tion stuff.”
McVeety is the special ed-
ucation teacher at the ele-
mentary school, and
McEwen holds the same po-
sition at Falls City High
School. The dean of students
post, which will replace the
high school principal posi-
tion, will be filled by science
teacher Micke Kidd.
Houghtaling said having
just one administrator in the
district is not ideal, and prob-
ably not a good solution long-
term, but he has confidence
in the leadership abilities of
the staff at both schools.
“There’s capacity in all of
our staff to be leaders in our
buildings,” he said. “My job
is going to be to bring that
leadership out.”
He added that next year
will be a test of how well the
new arrangement will work.
“I might be talking to you
next March, saying alright,
we need to look at the budg-
et because there is no way
I’m doing this next year,”
Houghtaling told the board.
Board Member Bob Young
said this isn’t the first time
the district has operated
with just one administrator.
“I’ve been on the board
for I don’t know, long time.
We’ve done this before and
it’s worked,” Young said.
“The reason why I have a lot
of confidence in it is because
of the people that we have.
The people we have I think
are a lot better than the peo-
ple we’ve ever had.”
He said the board would
be open to making changes
if Houghtaling felt they were
necessary after next year.
“Sometimes you don’t
know what you can do until
you are out there trying it,”
Young said. “I think this is a
great year to try.”