New principal at Crestview Heights

Michael Gass is the new principal of Crestview Heights Elementary School in Waldport. He will begin his duties at the start of the next school year. (Courtesy photo)

LINCOLN COUNTY — The Lincoln County School District Board of Directors offered Michael Gass the position of new principal of Crestview Heights Elementary School in Waldport, beginning next school year. The current principal, Libba Sager, will retire at the end of this school year.

Superintendent Karen Gray shared her enthusiasm with district board of directors during their meeting Tuesday, May 12.

“We are thrilled to have Mr. Gass joining the LCSD administrative team. With his years of experience and proven leadership within all grade levels of education, we know he will be a great fit for Crestview Heights Elementary School, and we look forward to working with him when school resumes,” Gray said.

Gass is currently in his fifth year as the superintendent of Telluride School District in southwest Colorado. Telluride is one of two districts to be a District of Distinction every year under the Colorado rating system. In his five years at that school district, Gass has helped the community pass election pieces to support early childhood/infant care and mental health to help curb the community need in these areas.

As the former Eagle County (Colorado) Schools assistant superintendent of student services, technology and innovative programs, he has played many roles in education and leading educational reforms. His 23-year experience in Eagle County ranges from a teacher in elementary, middle school math and science, high school coach to the executive director of secondary education. Gass was one of the early charter school principals in Colorado and developed policies at the state and national level for schools of choice. 

The school district will communicate with Crestview Heights parents and students about opportunities to meet Gass prior to the beginning of school.

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