A new superintendent took over the reins at Paisley School earlier this month.
Bill Wurtz, a veteran educator and administrator of more than 30 years, succeeded Donna Howard as of July 1. Howard announced her resignation in 2012, and the district announced Wurtz as the next superintendent earlier this year.
Wurtz spent the last two years as assistant principal at Shasta Lake School in Shasta Lake, Calif. For 17 years prior to that, he served as an administrator in the middle and high schools of Bend and LaPine.
The roots of his career originated in southern California, as Wurtz worked as both a teacher and administrator in Glendale and North San Diego County. Collectively, Wurtz’s career has spanned 21 years as an administrator and a total of 33 years in the field of education, he said.
Wurtz arrived with some familiarity of Lake County, having previously traveled through en route to Lake Tahoe while still living in Bend. He said he’s also known many acquaintances that have taught at Paisley School through the years, in a substitute capacity or otherwise.
“I was always attracted by the positive things I’d heard people say about the town, the district, the parents, just everything,” Wurtz said.
Wurtz noted his wife, Cindy, would soon arrive to help settle into their new central Lake County home. The couple has, collectively, five children and five grandchildren.
Along with the gracious quality of the students and parents alike, Wurtz said his initial impressions included the success of the school’s distance learning program.