Hesford will be principal at new intermediate school

Thursday, March 15, 2018 9:14 AM

Along with two new campuses, Bayfield schools will have two new principals in the next school year.

Bill Hesford, the assistant principal at Bayfield Elementary and Bayfield Primary, will be the new principal at Bayfield Intermediate School. The new campus for third through fifth grades is being constructed on Oak Drive, across from Bayfield Middle School, and is slated to open in August.

Diane Sallinger, the BES principal, is retiring at the end of the school year.

Amanda Holden, an educator from the Front Range, will be the new principal at Bayfield Primary School. That school is being renovated for kindergarten through second grade and will be in the BES building on Mustang Drive.

Working in the new building at BIS will be "amazing," Hesford predicted on Tuesday.

He has been at BES for 12 years, seven as a teacher and five as assistant principal, and also was a basketball coach.

Hesford said he's looking forward to working with a narrower range of students, mostly from eight to 11 years old.

"This is a big school," he said at BES, where he moves back and forth to work on both campuses.

Having students closer together in age "will really help us be more aligned and consistent," he said, on topics ranging from academics to discipline.

"I feel very lucky to have had my time here and be able to take the next step in the same district," he said. "I've been supported by the community, and I'm thankful for that."

Holden worked for seven years as an assistant principal in the Boulder Valley School District and most recently was director of students services with a charter network in the Denver area.