Deidre Holmberg named planning principal for new Pasco schools

From the Pasco School District:

Current Delta High School Principal Deidre Holmberg will step down at the end of the year to take on a new task as Planning Principal for Pasco School District's newest elementary schools.

"Our school board has asked district staff to look into designing the educational programs around a STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) or STEAM (STEM with the Arts) lens," says Superintendent Saundra Hill. "Initial discussions will begin this spring but will not move into full gear until Deidre Holmberg assumes the Planning Principal position on July 1."

In February, Pasco voters approved a bond measure to build three new elementary schools. Elementary #13, located at 52 and Powerline, will open for the 2014-15 school year. Groundbreaking ceremonies will be held this summer, with the exact date to be announced.

After beginning her new post in July, Holmberg will convene a group of employees and patrons to study the issues and make programmatic recommendations. The school will also be named through a public process, as with other Pasco schools.

"We want Pasco students to be college and career ready for the jobs of the future. We believe an innovative STEM or STEAM educational foundation will give our kids a leg up in competing for those high paying jobs," says Board President Sherry Lancon. "We are heading into an exciting time in Pasco as we begin to discuss what the future might hold."

Elementary #14, at 60 and Sandifur, and Elementary #15, which will be located adjoining Whittier Elementary, will open in 2015. Whittier and Elementary #15 will share a playground, a move intended to decrease the cost to taxpayers.

"Deidre has done a great job at Delta and we are very pleased that she has agreed to join us in shaping the future of our new schools," says Hill. "We are looking forward to fully engaging our teachers, parents, and community members in the planning process this summer."