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New principal announced for Whittell High

Nevada Appeal News Service

ZEPHYR COVE, Nev. – A former administrator from Washoe County School District was selected this week as the new principal of Whittell High School in Zephyr Cove.

Crespin Esquivel, who served as an administrator at Hug High School in Reno since 2005, accepted the position with the Douglas County School District on Thursday.

The recommendation will go before the district board of trustees Tuesday during a meeting at Douglas High School in Minden.

Esquivel will replace outgoing Principal Sue Shannon, who retired at the end of the year.

Suzanne Harris, president of the Whittell High Booster Club, said Esquivel was the top choice during a recent meet-and-greet the district held with the three final candidates and teachers, parents, staff and students.

“He was our first choice when we had our meeting so we were really pleased he was the person they chose,” Harris said. “He has a lot of enthusiasm and energy, and it really seemed he wanted to build on what Sue Shannon has done there and move forward.”

Esquivel has a bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Nevada, Reno, and a master’s degree in administration from the University of Phoenix.

In mid-June Washoe County School District officials announced Esquivel would assume vice-principal duties at Incline High School.

However, a representative with the WCSD communications department issued a formal statement confirming Esquivel will not be vice principal at Incline High School Aug. 23, the start of the 2010-11 school year.

“We have accepted Mr. Esquivel’s resignation and we are looking to fill the position of vice principal of Incline High School as soon as possible,” said Irene Payne, director of communications for WCSD.