New school year brings staff, principal shuffle

A new school year for Independent School District 834 means new and old faces are making appearances in different places, and not just in the classrooms.

As a result of restructuring to reduce costs, the district administration cut the assistant superintendent and the director of curriculum positions last year. Those positions were replaced with two new executive directors of curriculum, innovation and leadership.

Dr. Mary Anderson will oversee elementary education and Mike Redmond will lead the secondary schools. The new positions will work with the principals and teaching and learning departments all over the district to develop the leadership skills of principals and help with curriculum development.

“I’m brand new this year, and I’m just thrilled to join the Stillwater school district,” Redmond said. “There’s tons of great things happening here and there’s tons of positive energy to make it happen.”

He said the challenges Stillwater schools face are similar to the rest of the state but also to find a leadership position on the team and figure out the best way to help students going forward into the future.

It’s a sentiment that is echoed by many of the new and old faces in the district.

Paul Lee is the new student support services director. He provides leadership and support for programs such as special education, health services, learning support, English language learners and intervention services.

“The Stillwater community and schools have a very rich history and culture and I look forward to learning about the traditions of the past, while meeting the challenges of the future and supporting programs that will meet the 21st century learning needs of our students.” he said. “I’m looking forward to meeting the personal learning needs of each student and supporting high expectations for all learners and partnering with families and the community.”

Mark Drommerhausen, has moved from principal at Andersen Elementary to principal at Lilly Lake Elementary.

“I love my new position,” he said. “I went to elementary school when I was younger and it’s a great opportunity to give back to the community and work at a place I grew up in. I’m really looking forward to it.”

Malinda Lansfeldt will be take Drommerhausen’s old position as the new principal of Andersen Elementary. The smaller school allows Lansfeldt to focus on her new duties overseeing the new STEM program.

“I’m really excited about my new assignment, moving kids into the 21st century, and I’m honored to be able to move to Andersen and engage in helping with this new program,” she said.

Landsfeldt’s immediate project is understanding the STEM program in detail and setting up a community advisory committee to build a framework for the program going forward. The framework of the program is expected to come out in February.

Virginia Kruse is the new principal at Oak Park Elementary.