Several Alpine District schools will have new principals this fall.
Orem High School's Berdean Jarman is retiring and will be succeeded by John H. Childs, who has been principal at Dixon Middle School in Provo since 1985. From 1982 to 1985, he was principal at Vernal Junior High in Vernal. He also has been curriculum director for the Uintah School District, project director for the Ute Indian Tribe's Curriculum Improvement Project and sixth-grade teacher at Todd Elementary in Fort Duchesne, Uintah County.Childs earned three degrees at Brigham Young University: a bachelor's of science in Indian and elementary education, a master's of education in curriculum and instruction and an education doctorate in curriculum.
William H. Delaney will be the new head of Pleasant Grove High, succeeding Neil Christensen, who will become vocational director for the district.
Delaney has been assistant principal at Pleasant Grove for the past year. He was an assistant principal at Orem High for seven years and taught history and coached track and cross country at Orem for 11 years. He received a bachelor's of science degree in history and physical education from BYU, where he also earned a master's degree in educational administration. He is now completing an education specialist degree.
At American Fork High School, the new principal is Vernon M. Henshaw. He succeeds Steven Baugh, who will become Alpine's superintendent when Clark Cox retires at the end of this month.
Henshaw has been assistant principal at Provo High School since 1984 and was a teacher and athletic director at Lehi High School for seven years. He also has been coordinator of special programs at Provo High, cooperating teacher for student teachers from BYU and a participant in the Teacher Coordinator Close-up Program in Washington.
He received a bachelor's degree in sociology from BYU and a master's in secondary education.
James W. Melville has been appointed principal at Cedar Valley Elementary School. He succeeds Norma Whitlock, who has taken another position in the district.
Melville is a teacher on special assignment for the district as the strategy bank coordinator in charge of 20 elementary and secondary writing committees. He has been an elementary teacher in Alpine for 12 years, having taught at Shelley, Windsor, Aspen and Orchard elementary schools.
He earned a bachelor's degree in elementary education and a master's of education in curriculum and instruction from BYU.