Willard: From Supt Huyett: BHS Principal Jim Slemp Announces June Retirement

Mark Coplan Mark_Coplan at berkeley.k12.ca.us
Wed Mar 10 13:02:32 PST 2010

For Immediate Release:

Superintendent William Huyett and Berkeley High School Principal Jim Slemp
have announced Mr. Slemp’s intention to retire at the end of this school
year in June.
As a new Principal at Berkeley High School, Jim Slemp immediately
developed positive relationships with students.  His commitment to
students was obvious and visible.  He could be seen talking to seniors,
laughing with freshmen, and generally making students feel safer and more
comfortable on campus.  Jim has continued to maintain a great relationship
with students throughout his tenure.
Jim developed a leadership team of vice principals to assist him in
carrying out the task of running a large urban high school.  He can be
credited with encouraging the same team spirit among support staff.  Under
his leadership, BHS created the small schools and the American
Baccalaureate High School and brought back student activities such as
assemblies, all school spirit rallies, and school dances.  Superintendent
Huyett noted that through Jim’s leadership there has been a clear
improvement in school safety, student environment as well as development
and implementation of new programs, such as the small schools.  Mr. Huyett
thanks Mr. Slemp for his service to the school community.
Superintendent Huyett also wishes to inform staff and community that he is
confident that there will be many qualified applicants competing for the
opportunity to assume the leadership of our outstanding high school, and
that there will be a process for their input to be heard as the District
begins its search for the next leader at Berkeley High School.


Mark A. Coplan
Public Information Officer, BUSD
510-644-6320 Cell: 510-472-3811
Mark_Coplan at berkeley.k12.ca.us
Berkeley Unified School District
2134 Martin Luther King Jr. Way
Berkeley, Ca 94704-1180

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