On Thursday, July 1, Coronado Unified School District (CUSD) announced that Shane Schmeichel has been selected to fill the newly created position of Director of Special Programs. Schmeichel is beginning his 10th year at CUSD, having served as Coronado High School (CHS) Assistant Principal and Principal.
“My heart and soul have been at and with CHS for the past nine years,” Schmeichel said in a letter to staff announcing his new position. “CHS is a place of great strengths and during tough times, we have found ways to thrive and evolve. CHS has amazing students, some of the best in the world, and they are lucky to have you all helping them become happy and successful adults.”
The Director of Special Programs position was approved at the June 17, 2021 Board meeting for a one-year term. The position will support, evaluate, coordinate, and direct operations in the Coronado School of the Arts (CoSA), Career Technical Education (CTE), Adult Education, TK-12 STEM and VAPA, arts integration, and Department of Defense (DoDEA) grants.
Schmeichel said he is excited for the broader perspective to work with a wide variety of special programs across all grade levels in the district. “I look forward to continuing to contribute to CUSD,” he said.
The district has posted the CHS Principal vacancy and will accept applications through July 16. According to Superintendent Karl Mueller an interview panel of CHS teachers and classified staff, students, and a parent will convene to interview screened candidates. “We hope that a new principal will be named by Aug. 1,” said Mueller.