CARSON CITY — Carson City-Crystal High School has a new principal.
The school board voted Tuesday, May 28, to hire Duane Lyons to replace Devin Pringle, who is taking over the district’s alternative and adult education program.
Lyons is currently the principal of Ogemaw Heights High School in West Branch. He is expected to start working for CC-C on July 1, pending background checks according to Superintendent Kevin Murphy.
Murphy said Lyons stood out during the second round of principal candidate interviews on May 15. The other finalist was Guy Reece, who is currently the principal of Oceana High School in Rothbury.
“Both candidates did a good job in the two-hour second interview with community, staff and faculty,” Murphy said.
Murphy said there were 17 applicants total, which were narrowed down to 10 and then five for the first round of interviews.
“After the first round it was clear that two elevated to the top and it was clear Duane was the leading candidate.” Murphy said. “I think we had a deep candidate pool and I think it was a great process narrowing down the candidates and reaching our choice for principal.”
Lyons previously worked as an elementary and middle school teacher teacher for Cornerstone School from 1989 to 1993, as a social studies teacher for Tri Unity Christian School from 1993 to 2003, a career skills teacher for the Gerald R. Ford Job Corps Center from 2005 to 2006, an academic manager for the Gerald R. Ford Job Corps Center from 2006 to 2007, assistant principal for Kingman High School from 2007 to 2011 and now principal at Ogemaw Heights High School from 2011 to present.
He also worked as president and manager of Lyons Automotive from 1979 to 1989 and worked in sales and training for Sharpe/Courtesy from 2003 to 2005.
CC-C school board member Kriss Hummel said she particularly liked what Lyons put forth as a plan for the high school.
“I was partial to him because he had a 90-day plan,” Hummel said. “I think that is something very important here and it is something that we need to do because there is a lot to do.”
In a letter Lyons wrote to the district, which was provided to the The Gazette by Murphy, Lyons stated he was excited to be chosen as the new principal for CC-C High School.
Lyons mentioned the “sense of community and involvement in the schools,” which stood out to him after speaking with students, staff and community members.
He also mentioned that his vision for the high school “is to work to have every student succeed.” He said “success means many different things to different students.” But he will work to prepare students “to meet the challenges they’ll face.”
Lyons went on to state in his letter, “While rigorous academics are very important, we also need to help our students develop the skills necessary to be successful once they leave high school. Graduation is an important goal, but we must prepare our students to do well beyond high school.”
Lyons said he has gained experience from his 10 years in business and 20 years in education.
“Times can get tough,” Lyons stated. “If we persevere, we can get through those times and thrive.”
He said this is the same message the students need and he hopes he will be able to work with staff and community to get that message to “our students.”