Brenda LeBrasse, long-time Holmes principal, steps aside (part way) to take district job; Utter is acting head
Rob Utter, who has been the assistant principal at Holmes Middle School for six years, has stepped up to the position of acting principal.
Brenda LeBrasse, who started as a teacher at Holmes in 1976 and has been its principal since 1993, will keep the title of senior principal while heading up a one-year assignment as project manager of Response to Intervention in School District 11.
“She's the ultimate director of the school,” Utter explained. “The small, day-to-day things I'll deal with, but if there's anything major, she'll get involved.”
Intervention is an increasingly used educational strategy to help individual students keep up with their work, Utter explained. “It's not a program; it's a framework and philosophy.”
LeBrasse will be in charge of overseeing the implementation of intervention throughout the district.
In a letter addressed to “Students, Parents and the Holmes Community,” LeBrasse writes that the last-minute appointment - which occurred the day before school started - came “with bitter-sweetness.” While she said she is “excited for the opportunity” provided by her new position, “it is hard for me to leave this school where I have lived and breathed for the last 30 years; the last 20 of those as assistant principal and principal… Everything I own is green and gold. I have walked these hallways longer than half my life.”
During LeBrasse's tenure, the school was named a Colorado Trailblazer School to Watch and John Irwin School of Excellence in 1996, 1998 and 2005.
Utter, who previously had been a grade 7-9 science teacher for 10 years in the Widefield School District, described the sudden step up as “a big learning process. It's a challenge, but it's working out OK.”
He thanked the school's support staff for being “a tremendous help.”
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