Columbian principal quitting

After serving as principal of Columbian High School for three years, Doug Hartenstein has announced his resignation. He is to work in that position through the end of the school year.

Hartenstein has indicated he is interested in returning to the classroom and working directly with students. He has worked in the district for 27 years.

“I have enjoyed the opportunity to work with Mr. Hartenstein,” TCS Superintendent Gary Barber said.

“He is a genuine gentleman who really cares about his students.”

He will be missed as principal, Barber said. Hartenstein had told him before spring break that his passion was in the classroom and coaching.

Hartenstein will remain in the district. Barber said they will decide where he will be placed based on what positions will be open later this spring.

The district is to have the position posted Monday through May 4, Barber said. He said first interviews are scheduled for May 8-9 and second interviews are set for May 17.

There are to be forums for staff, community partners and administrators to question the candidates.

Barber said the district hopes to have the position filled by the May board of education meeting.

“I know that it is two months, but that is the right time,” he said.

The district is seeking someone who is a strong educational leader able to create a welcoming and supportive school environment, ensuring all students have access to high quality educational opportunities, Barber said. It also is looking for someone with experience in professional learning communities and promoting high successful experiences for students.

Attempts to reach Hartenstein Wednesday were unsuccessful.