Walla Walla High School principal to head Clarkston School District

Darcy Weisner will leave July 1 to take over as superintendent of the Clarkston School District.

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WALLA WALLA -- The search is on for a new Walla Walla High School principal.

Darcy Weisner, who has led the city's largest high school since 2006, will leave the district July 1 to become superintendent of the Clarkston School District.

Weisner was unanimously selected by the Clarkston School Board on Monday, and Walla Walla Public Schools confirmed that Weisner has accepted the job. His last day in Walla Walla is June 30.

"He's moving on," said Walla Walla Public Schools spokesman Mark Higgins.

Weisner's departure comes amidst a series of moves and transfers in leadership within the district. On July 1, Walla Walla Public Schools' new superintendent, Mick Miller, begins work. Also that day, Wa-Hi assistant principal Matt Bona officially takes over leadership of Sharpstein Elementary, and Brett Cox, another assistant principal at Wa-Hi, moves to Garrison Middle School to serve as its assistant principal.

Bona's departure creates a vacancy at the high school, but Cox's position will not be filled as it was cut earlier this year to save money.

Wa-Hi is also served by assistant principals Mira Gobel and Don Wilkins, who is also the district's athletic director. Higgins said Gobel and Wilkins were scheduled to take on additional duties in response to the reduction of Cox's position. But there may be a change in how leadership responsibilities at the high school are handled given Weisner's departure.

"This was kind of Darcy's plan," Higgins said about Gobel and Wilkins taking on additional duties. "Now we're obviously going to have some changes. He just locked in an agreement with Clarkston last night."

Higgins said the district will work closely with Miller to select and name a new principal. He added it is still too early to know exactly what will be done.

In a statement, Weisner said he appreciated the opportunity to lead Wa-Hi.

"I have thoroughly enjoyed my four years in Walla Walla," he said. "I've appreciated the support I have received from the staff, students, parents and community and will always have a place in my heart for Walla Walla High School."

Superintendent Rich Carter, who will retire at the end of the month, said the district was grateful for Weisner's work.

"We are very happy for Darcy and his family and wish him well with this new opportunity," Carter said in a statement. "Darcy Weisner has been a tremendous asset for our school district and will continue to excel in his new position."

Weisner earned his superintendent's credential from Washington State University this year. He had recently also been a top candidate for the superintendent position in the Deer Park School District. Weisner told the Clarkston Tribute last week that he was ready for the challenge of leading a district. Clarkston School District has about 2,700 students and is located in Asotin County.

"I felt like this was the right opportunity at the right time," he said.

Maria P. Gonzalez can be reached at mariagonzalez@wwub.com or 526-8317. Check out her blog at blogs.ublabs.org/schoolhousemissives.

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