Woodland Hills High School principal leaving after six years

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Woodland Hills High School principal Dan Stephens will be leaving after six years with the school, effective Thursday. Mr. Stephens will be moving into an administrative position with the district as a "special programs coordinator," superintendent Alan Johnson said Wednesday night. Mr. Stephens will be officially retiring from the district at the end of this school year.

School board members voted to approve assistant principal Kevin Murray as interim principal for the duration of the 2013-14 school year.

The district could also be seeing possible cuts and furloughs among teaching and support staff for the 2014-15 school year.

The school board voted to approve the possible furloughs and non-renewal of teaching and support staff, pending review of the district's finalized budget. Board members expect a preliminary budget by the beginning of May. Possible cuts and furloughs, if any, won't be reviewed at least until summer, Mr. Johnson said.

Mr. Johnson opened the meeting with a moment of silence for those injured in the stabbing at nearby Franklin Regional High School.

Items discussed included a more structured schedule and organization of committee meetings. Mr. Johnson cited several incidents of meetings being "moved, changed, postponed or delayed without proper notification" to associated parties.

He also updated board members on the district's "Parents Go" workshop to be held Saturday morning. The free workshop, held at Shaffer Elementary School, will be open to parents throughout the district to meet with school officials and local community volunteers to discuss a series of topics on how to better facilitate children's learning at home.

The board also received a presentation from the mentoring program "Wolverine Pursuit with Patience." The program, founded by former Steelers receiver and Braddock native Wesley Lyons, meets weekly with almost 50 junior high and high school students who are "at that fork in the road," Mr. Lyons said.

This is the district's second year participating in the tri-county program.

Clarece Polke: cpolke@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1889. Twitter: @clarepolke.

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