Sharpstein principal chosen for administrative slot

Laure Quaresma will take over as executive director of personnel, replacing Deputy Superintendent Bill Jordan, who is retiring.

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WALLA WALLA -- Sharpstein Elementary Principal Laure Quaresma has been chosen to be Walla Walla Public School's new executive director of personnel, the district announced today.

Quaresma will assume her new duties in the district's administrative offices starting July 1. The Walla Walla School Board intends to launch the search for a new Sharpstein principal immediately.

Quaresma is replacing Deputy Superintendent Bill Jordan, who is retiring at the end of the school year.

School Board President Cindy Meyer said the board asked the district's new Superintendent Mick Miller to approve the hire since the personnel director serves on his administrative cabinet. Miller also begins his tenure July 1 to replace retiring Superintendent Rich Carter.

Quaresma has nearly 30 years of experience in public education, and worked as a school teacher in Oregon and Washington for 17 years. Quaresma served as assistant principal at Garrison Middle School from 1997 to 2001 and has held the principal position at Sharpstein the past nine years.

Quaresma earned her bachelor's in education from Western Washington University and her master's and administrative certification from Eastern Washington University.

As executive director of personnel, Quaresma will manage the district's human resources efforts. Her responsibilities will include staffing, labor contract management, discipline, truancy, legal issues and public records requests.

"I'm excited and honored to be able to represent the staff and families of our school district in my new role," Quaresma said in a statement.

"It's been a privilege to work with the families and staff at Sharpstein as they truly keep children at the forefront of all they do. I want to thank the Sharpstein community for learning and growing with me and their support as I take on this new opportunity."

Maria P. Gonzalez can be reached at mariagonzalez@wwub.com or 526-8317.

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