Luna deputy takes Boise principal’s job

Nick Smith
Nick Smith

The Boise School District has announced four new principals for 2013-14 — including one new hire who is leaving state superintendent Tom Luna’s staff to join the district.

Nick Smith, the state Department of Education’s chief deputy superintendent since January, will move to Lowell Elementary School this fall.

Smith has worked with the Education Department since January 2006; before working for the state, he had been a teacher, principal and dean of students in the Bliss School District. As deputy state superintendent, Smith supervised a range of divisions, including school improvement, special education, child nutrition and charter schools.

Smith replaces Paula Bell, who will be the new principal at Morley Nelson Elementary School.

Bryce England
Bryce England

In other appointments announced Monday:

Longfellow Elementary School. Bryce England will move over from Borah High School, where he is now assistant principal.

England has worked for the Boise district since 1999, working since 2009-10 in a variety of administrative roles.

Camille Fraley is the current principal at Longfellow.

Adams Elementary School. Mark Jones, a principal in Boise elementary schools since 1999, will shift from Maple Grove Elementary School.

Jones had been principal at Maple Grove since 2006. A 29-year veteran of Boise schools, Jones will succeed Jeff Roberts, who is moving from Adams to Shadow Hills Elementary School.

Mark Jones
Mark Jones

Riverside Elementary School. Erin Kubena moves from Horizon Elementary School, where she now is assistant principal.

Kubena has worked for the Boise district since 2000.

She will succeed Sandy Winters, who is moving from Riverside to the principal’s post at Riverglen Junior High School.

Further principals’ changes could be announced in the days or weeks to come, Boise district spokesman Dan Hollar said Monday.

More reading: Here’s a roundup of other new principals’ hires in the Boise School District, announced earlier this month.

Erin Kubena
Erin Kubena


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