District selects fill-in principal
Kuhlmann has previous connections to schools in Gresham-Barlow, Corbett
The Reynolds School District has named Jim Kuhlmann acting principal of Reynolds High School effective Tuesday, Feb. 21.
Reynolds High Principal Jeff Gilbert was placed on unpaid leave Jan. 31 following the expiration of his emergency administrator's license, which was granted in July 2011 from the state Teachers Standards and Practices Commission.
The district is investigating his conduct in matters not related to the license expiration.
Kuhlmann has held several educational positions in Oregon and Alaska. Most recently, he served as interim principal of Barlow High School, from September to November 2011. He has also served in interim administrative positions in the North Clackamas School District and in Juneau, Alaska.
From 1990-95, he was principal of Corbett High and Middle schools, and he also worked in the Corbett School District during the 1980s. From 1976 to 1980, he was athletic director at Portland Lutheran Middle School.
In addition to his administrative background, Kuhlmann has taught math, computer science and physical education.
Kuhlmann has served on the Northwest Accreditation Commission and worked with the team that reviewed the credentials of Reynolds High School. He holds a doctorate of education degree from Portland State University, and earned additional education degrees and certification from Lewis and Clark College in Portland and Concordia University in Seward, Neb.
Kuhlmann has also worked in career and technical education in Alaska, a field for which Reynolds is known.
'Jim has an amazing talent for working with diverse groups of staff and community members, and helping them engage in the meaningful work of the district in helping all students succeed in school and build pathways to their future,' said Carin Smolin, career and technical education coordinator in the Juneau School District.
'Mr. Kuhlmann has a proven track record in high school administration,' said Joyce Henstrand, Reynolds School District superintendent. 'I am pleased to name him as the acting principal. He is ready and willing to assume the day-to-day responsibilities and provide full support to the Reynolds High School community.'