Tuesday, March 6, 2012
Two Wichita public school principals will continue their roles for two new elementary schools scheduled to open in the fall.
Michele Ingenthron, principal at Lincoln Elementary, will oversee operations at Ortiz Elementary, 3361 N. Arkansas. Ingenthron started her career with the Wichita Public Schools in 2001 at Horace Mann as a fourth-grade teacher. She taught at Pleasant Valley Elementary before being named assistant principal at Mueller Elementary. She has been principal of Lincoln Elementary since 2010.
“The beautiful new building will be a showcase of our district, and I know Ortiz will be a showcase for what our students can do academically,” Ingenthron said. “Having been a teacher at Pleasant Valley Elementary, I am familiar with the neighborhood and the community. I am excited for the families to have the opportunity to create a new school community.”
The school will accommodate 450 kindergarten through 5th grade students. It has a large library, a computer lab, two music rooms, an art room and a multipurpose room designed as a FEMA storm shelter. The building is named after Martin Ortiz, a 1940 North High School graduate who founded the Whittier College Center for Mexican American Affairs.
Shawn Springer, principal at Price-Harris Communications Magnet, has been named principal at the new southeast quadrant K-8 school. Mr. Springer started in the Wichita Public Schools in 1992 as a first- and second-grade teacher at Riverside Magnet school. He taught at Dodge before being named assistant principal at Cloud Elementary. He has served as principal at McLean and Caldwell before becoming principal at Price-Harris in 2008.
“It has been a dream of mine as a principal to start a new school and establish the culture and the traditions with the students and staff,” Springer said. “I will work with families and staff to build a great learning environment for all of our students. I love the K-8 philosophy and the ability to create relationships between elementary and middle school students.”
The southeast quadrant K-8 school, located at 2055 S. 143rd Street East, features three classroom wings, a media center/library, 800-seat auditorium and music suites, and a gymnasium that will serve as a safe room storm shelter.
Both principals will finish the school year at their current schools, while also getting the new schools ready to open in August, including interviewing teachers and staff. Ms. Ingenthron and Mr. Springer will be at the Choices Fair on March 8 to inform parents about the new schools.