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David Nieslanik named Southridge principal

Curtis Semana will take over for the Highland Park Middle School principal


NIESLANIKThe Beaverton School District has named David Nieslanik as the next principal of Southridge High School.

Nieslanik, the current principal at Highland Park Middle School, will take over for current Southridge Principal Todd Corsetti on July 1, after the completion of the current school year. Corsetti has been named planning principal at the new high school in the South Cooper Mountain area, which opens in 2017.

The district also has named Curtis Semana as Nieslanik’s replacement at Highland Park.

Nieslanik, a former high school teacher, has been principal at Highland Park for five years and had been a finalist for a similar position.

SEMANAThe proposed Southridge High School boundaries that take effect in 2017 will include part of Highland’s current student body.

Nieslanik told Highland Park families about the transition in a letter emailed on April 8.

Part of the email read: “This is by far one of the most bittersweet decisions I have made in my career. I love my work at Highland Park, this amazing staff, the HP community, and of course, our students.”

Semana, a former middle school science teacher, now is an assistant principal at Health and Science School and also was a finalist for a similar position.

Nieslanik said Semana is a good fit in part because he “comes to Highland Park with a strong STEAM background and middle school experience.”

Highland Park has been recognized for its program emphasizing STEAM, the integration of the arts into science, technology, engineering and mathematics curriculum.

In other administrative moves effective July 1:

• Sheila Baumgardner has been selected as principal at Oak Hills Elementary School.

Baumgardner will be replacing Cheryl Hagseth, who previously had been named the planning principal for the new elementary school being built on Northwest Kaiser Road.

Currently the principal at Scholls Heights Elementary School, Baumgardner's administrative experience includes being founding principal at the International School of Beaverton (ISB) and an assistant principal at Five Oaks Middle School.

• Megan Clifford has been selected as assistant principal at Cedar Park Middle School. Clifford's experience includes years as an elementary principal, middle school assistant principal and middle school counselor.