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WBHS announces administrative updates

The West Bloomfield School District is proud to announce updates to the responsibilities of the administrative team at West Bloomfield High School. Eric Pace has been appointed assistant principal of innovative learning design. Eric Pierce will now serve as the district’s full-time athletic director. They will be transitioning to their new roles effective immediately.

Pace’s newly created position will allow him to work towards advancing teaching and learning at West Bloomfield High School. He will be coaching staff in their instructional practice, working to develop and retain newer staff members, and leading the efforts to develop 9th-grade instructional models to best support students in the early stages of their high school careers.  He will also work closely with the teaching and learning team and the department leaders to advance professional learning and utilization of student data to inform instructional practices.

Pat Watson, WBHS principal said, “This administrative shift has provided us with a fortunate chance to redesign our leadership team to continue and advance our work in communication, collaboration, contribution, and critical thinking in many capacities.  During this shift, Ashleigh Larkin will remain as an assistant principal in the counseling office. Although her focus will remain counseling and scheduling, the changes in responsibilities will free up some of her time to better devote her efforts to increase supports for staff and students, as well as to continue to grow our health and wellness programming.”

The change in Pace’s responsibilities will create an opening for an administrator in the student relations office.  The student relations office administrator will now be responsible for handling student discipline and restorative practices, student attendance, state testing, and special education.

Dr. Gerald Hill, WBSD superintendent said, “The district will be conducting an exhaustive internal and external search for a candidate to fill the open administration position at WBHS. The job posting will list qualifications and experiences necessary, but an emphasis will be placed on the abilities to build and maintain relationships with students and staff, along with a forward-thinking approach to match the direction of our teachers and district leaders.”

Pierce’s shift to full-time district athletic director was made necessary by the district offering with an abundance of varsity, sub-varsity, and middle school athletic opportunities. He will retain a portion of his evaluation and building administration responsibilities, but will now be able to devote his time to the continued growth and success of interscholastic sports throughout the West Bloomfield School District.