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A familiar face is coming home

West Bremerton High alumnus Jerry Willson will take over as principal of Mountain View Middle School next fall. Willson began his teaching career in the Bremerton School District.

The school held an open house Wednesday afternoon to introduce Willson to parents, students, and community members.

Willson most recently served as principal of Poulsbo Elementary for the past five years, following 32 years in the South Kitsap School District. Willson planned to retire after leaving his assistant superintendent position at South Kitsap in 2000, but cannot keep himself from coming back each year.

“We have some curriculum goals we have to meet here for average yearly progress required by the state,” Willson said of his upcoming tenure. “If there’s things that need to be tweaked, we’ll tweak them.”

Willson is familiar with the situation of guiding a school through a major construction project. Poulsbo Elementary underwent work during his tenure there similar to what will be done at Mountain View, with the approval of the schools’ recent bond measure.

Willson seemed confident at the open house, fielding a variety of questions primarily from parents of current fifth graders who will enter the building next year. He readily turned questions over to paraeducators and school board officials to answer about the school, knowing he will need time to get accustomed to certain things once he begins as principal next school year.

Willson said his goal for the school is simple.

“I want to see a safe, productive, peaceful, happy fun place for staff and for kids to learn.”

Willson’s arrival means a shuffling of middle school administrators is about to occur within the district. Current Mountain View principal Laura Anderson will remain at the school as an assistant principal. The current assistant principal, John Welsh, will hold that same title at the 8th Grade School.

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