DCHS will have a new principal next year

Thursday, April 11, 2019

DCHS Principal Wade Murphy will teach social studies at DCHS next year

Dawson County High School will have a new principal next year as long-time school administrator Wade Murphy has decided to transfer to a teaching position.

Superintendent of Schools Stephen Schreibeis announced Murphy’s decision at the Glendive Unified School Board meeting Monday.

Murphy began his career at DCHS as the vice principal in 2006. He took the head principal position in 2014. Prior to being a school administrator at DCHS, Murphy was an English teacher in Colorado for seven years.

Murphy also serves as the DCHS head boys basketball coach, a position he has held for 12 years, since the 2007-08 season. He will continue in that position.

“I’ve tremendously enjoyed my time as an administrator at DCHS. It’s a great job in a great building with great people,” Murphy said Tuesday.

He added that he felt it was just time for him make a change in his career.

“I just feel that at this time in my career it would be a good time to step away from administration and do something different. I love this school and community and want to be part of it. This move allows me to continue to work in a great district in a different capacity and keep my family here. I’m looking forward to being in the classroom daily with students and working along side a great staff,” he said.

Murphy will take over the social studies position currently held by Joseph Skalsky who had indicated earlier he will not return to DCHS next year.

Murphy said he expects the district to advertise for the position as early as next week.

The school district will also be looking for a Special Services Director as the current director Robin Gray submitted her resignation.

At Monday’s meeting the GUSB voted to rehire tenured certified employees in both the high school and elementary districts.

The board also voted to rehire several coaches for the 2019-20 school year at Monday’s meeting. The following coaches were hired:

Girls basketball: Kayla Rivas (head coach), Mandy Johnson and Rudy Stulc

Boys basketball: Wade Murphy (head coach) and Mike Sikveland

Forensics: Kim Siemson (head coach)

Wrestling: Garret Tennant (head coach) and Tyler Hostetler

Tennis: Katy Peterson (asst. tennis for 2019 season)

Winter season coaching position openings include an assistant boys basketball coach, an assistant wrestling coach and head cheer coach.

The board ratified the school calendar for the 2019-20 school year. The calendar must now go before the Glendive Education Association membership for approval.

The proposed calendar has a school start date of Wednesday Aug. 21 for kindergarten, third grade, sixth grade and freshmen students and Aug. 22 for all other students. It includes a full two week break at Christmas and the last day of school for all students, except 2020 seniors, is Friday, May 22.

The next GUSB meeting is Monday, May 13 at 7 p.m.

Reach Jamie Ausk Crisafulli at rreditor@rangerreview.com .

“This move allows me to continue to work in a great district in a different capacity and keep my family here,”
Wade Murphy