Kyle Pruitt has been named the new principal of Morro Bay High School.
He will succeed Dan Andrus, who resigned from the high school in March following an agreement reached with district administrators. Andrus is now an administrator on special assignment.
Pruitt was instrumental in implementing the STEAM program (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) at the middle school. This year he also oversaw the move of sixth-graders from the elementary schools in Morro Bay and Los Osos to the middle school.
“He came up with a great vision of STEAM for the middle school, implemented it successfully and it will continue to be implemented in future years,” said Karl Blum, assistant principal at the middle school. “He understands the pathway to do this, which wasn’t always easy, and has the hands-on experience. All of his decisions are based on what is good for the kids.”
Pruitt was selected from a pool of 20 applicants for the job. He will be paid $143,649 annually.
Superintendent Eric Prater has said that the change in leadership at the high school, which has 935 students, comes at time when a focus in STEAM education and an increased use of technology for advanced learning is becoming a priority at the high school.
In 2016, the first batch of students from the new STEAM program at Los Osos Middle School will become ninth-graders at Morro Bay High School.
“As the new principal at Morro Bay High School, Dr. Pruitt has embraced the challenge of working with his new team to design an engaging, integrated pathway through the high school for all students — especially those who excel in STEAM education,” said Prater.
Pruitt said Thursday he will work closely with the high school staff to develop a plan of incorporating STEAM into the curriculum there.
Defining the vision for the school’s future comes just as the school board has begun discussing possibly seeking a bond for facility upgrades at the district’s two high schools in Morro Bay and San Luis Obispo.
“With the possibility of some physical changes on campus, it is even more important that we as a staff know what we might want to achieve,” said Pruitt.
Prior to his post as principal at Los Osos Middle School in 2011, Pruitt was the dean of students at San Luis Obispo High School and assistant principal at Morro Bay High School. He was originally hired by the district as an art teacher at San Luis Obispo High School in 1997.
Both Pruitt’s father and father-in-law once served as principals at Los Osos Middle School.