By Garrett Christensen on Thursday, May 25th, 2023 in More Top Stories Northeastern Oregon News
BAKER CITY – (Release from the Baker School District) Some exciting changes will take place at South Baker Intermediate School (SBI) for the 2023-24 school year. As previously announced, Heidi Stocks will move from AssistantPrincipal of the school to become its Principal beginning July 1. After lengthy discussions with staff, it was also determined that the Assistant Principal position would finally transition from a half-time position to a full-time position for the coming school year – a formal recognition of the need expressed over the last couple of school years. Furtherexcitement is over the individual chosen for the full-time Assistant Principal position at SBI beginning July 1 – current District Athletic Director, Buell Gonzales, Jr.
“I’m excited for the opportunity to work for the students, families, and staff at South Baker. I saw this opportunity for really impactful involvement with students at a critical time in their lives, and I’ve been really thankful for the support across the district to make this transition possible,” said Mr. Gonzales. “I’ve also loved my time as District Athletic Director, and I know our student-athletes will be in great hands with Al starting this next school year.”
Alan McCauley, who is currently the Athletic Director for Baker Middle School, will expand his role starting July 1 to also cover high school athletics. “I believe this is a great opportunity for Buell and South Baker, and I will strive to be a great support staff for our coaches and players at Baker High School,” says Mr. McCauley.
“I look forward to seeing the positive impact a full-time Assistant Principal will have at South Baker,” says Superintendent Erin Lair. “And our student-athletes will have a strong foundation with Mr. McCauley as their Athletic Director through both middle and high school. We’re really fortunate.”
The District Athletic Program will also continue to receive operational support from Tammy Mercado and Karen Cuzick at the middle and high school levels.