A new leader has been selected for Tooele County School District’s Community Learning Center.
At the end of this school year, Bryce Eardley, currently the principal at Northlake Elementary School, will take over the top post at CLC.
Eardley will be the third principal to lead the school since it opened in fall 2010. He will replace Mat Jackson who was selected in March to be the school district’s director of special education.
Jackson had been serving as principal of CLC since August 2013 when Mark Ernst, who had served as the principal of CLC since it opened, was named the principal of Grantsville High School.
“Mr. Eardley emerged as the top candidate from a field of six very solid and high quality candidates,” said Scott Rogers, Tooele County School District superintendent. “He is a very solid education leader with training in the University of Virginia’s School Turnaround Program.”
The selection process started with a committee of seven people, led by Hal Strain, TCSD secondary education director. The committee included teachers, support staff, a board member, a counselor and a parent.
The committee selected six candidates to interview from 12 applicants. All 12 applicants were from within the district. The committee conducted interviews and forwarded two candidates for a second and final round of interviews with Rogers and Assistant Superintendent Doelene Pitt.
Eardley’s ability to relate to and inspire confidence in students, parents, and faculty will come in handy at CLC where he will have responsibility for Blue Peak High School, Adult Education, and the Career and Technology Education classes at CLC, according to Rogers.
Eardley came to TCSD from Oregon almost five years ago to be a data mentor, helping teachers and principals interpret and use testing data.
Prior to coming to Tooele, Eardley taught in Craig, Colo., and Baker City, Ore., his hometown. He graduated from Brigham Young University in 2001 with a degree in education and in 2004 completed a master’s degree in education from Adams State College in Alamosa, Colo. He then picked up school administrative credentials from Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Ore., in 2007.
He served as the vice principal at Tooele Junior High School for two years before he was appointed principal of Northlake Elementary in August 2011.
The Utah Association of Elementary School Principals named Eardley the “2012-13 Rookie Principal of the Year.”
The school district will now begin the process of selecting a new principal for Northlake Elementary, Roger said.