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Imperial hires Bush, Wilson vice principal, to fill middle school post

May 18, 2001|By LAURA MACKENZIE, Staff Writer

IMPERIAL — The Imperial Unified School District trustees have approved Charles "Chuck" Bush as principal for Frank Wright Intermediate School for the 2001-2002 school year.

Bush is a vice principal at Wilson Junior High School in El Centro.

"He brings a strong sense of leadership," said Barbara Layaye, district superintendent.

"He has an excellent understanding of the unique needs of middle-schoolers."

Stan Armstrong, school board president, spoke highly of Bush as well. The school board approved hiring Bush during a special meeting this week.

"He was hired from a good pool of candidates," said Armstrong.

"He was the top candidate and we feel what he has as far as curriculum … the fact that he knows the Valley and he is the vice principal at Wilson, that he can bring a solid curriculum base to us and a higher degree of professionalism," Armstrong said.

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"I am really looking forward to it," said Bush of the job.

"It's a nice community, great kids and the staff has a great reputation," he said.

Bush has been an assistant principal at Wilson for three years.

He was an aviator in the Navy for almost 10 years. While in the Navy he began teaching recruits and discovered a love for education.

"Once you get a taste of what education is and how rewarding and powerful it is to be a teacher, you can't give that up," said Bush.

He left the Navy and started teaching.

He taught middle school for five years prior to coming to Wilson and the Imperial Valley.

"He has strong discipline and has experience in middle school curriculum and state standards," Layaye said of reasons Bush was selected.

Bush has a master's degree in curriculum and instruction and as a teacher spent a "great deal of time" developing curriculum.

He said he has "thousands of ideas bouncing around," of the "great things we can do for the kids there."

He hopes to focus on developing a "middle school philosophy" at Frank Wright.

"It will be a wonderful place to work," said Bush, adding he only knows the staff by reputation.

"They have a wonderful reputation."

The district interviewed five candidates for the position, which opened in December 2000 after Principal John Marshall was moved to another position in the district.

Longtime local educator Xen Jones has served as interim principal since January.

Staff Writer Laura MacKenzie can be reached at 337-3442.

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