Adkins tapped for SHS ass’t principal job |

Adkins tapped for SHS ass’t principal job

JULIE SUTORsummit daily news
Summit Daily/Brad Odekirk Summit High School dean of students Drew Adkins will move up to the school's assistant principal position this summer.

FARMER’S KORNER – The man who teaches Summit High School’s leadership class knows how to set an example.SHS staff member Drew Adkins, who helps hone the skills and vision of the school’s student leaders, has steadily climbed through the ranks of Summit School District since his 1996 arrival as an English Language Acquisition paraprofessional at Summit Middle School.

He has served as a social studies teacher, coach for tennis, skiing and basketball teams and most recently as SHS dean of students. And this summer he’ll move up another rung on the leadership ladder when he takes over the assistant principalship at SHS.”I think he’ll do wonderful things for the school,” said SHS senior Kara Springer. “He’s very approachable – not one of those strict, I-don’t-want-to-talk-to-you kind of guys. He’s there to help, not just to enforce.”A selection committee of students, parents and staff chose Adkins from a pool of 19 applicants. The Summit Board of Education will take formal action on the committee’s recommendation Wednesday night. Pending the board’s final approval, Adkins will move to current assistant principal Jim Hesse’s position this summer, when Hesse assumes the principalship.

“We’re excited for him and for Jim, too,” said principal Frank Mencin, who is set to retire at the conclusion of the school year. “I think it will be a great leadership team.”Social studies teacher Erick Finnestead will take over the dean of students position, which oversees discipline and attendance. Adkins will take on elements of instructional content, staff management and facilities oversight.

“The biggest challenge that Jim and I will have as a team is the addition of the new career and technical wing. And our rapidly growing English Language Learner population is a huge priority and challenge,” Adkins said.Julie Sutor can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 203, or at

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