Cowl Recommended for CAM Academy Principal Position

March 9, 2015 BGPS Web


March 9, 2015

Battle Ground Public Schools Superintendent Mark Hottowe has recommended Ryan Cowl as the new CAM Academy Principal. Cowl currently serves as assistant principal at Tukes Valley Middle School. The recommendation will go to the Board of Directors for approval at the March 23 regular board meeting. 

Cowl began his career with Battle Ground Public Schools in 1996 as a special education teacher at Captain Strong Primary School, where he stayed until 2008. During that time, Cowl also supported multiple summer school programs at Captain Strong, adaptive physical education at Maple Grove and provided administrative support at Captain Strong and Chief Umtuch schools. In 2008, Cowl moved to Tukes Valley, where he served as assistant principal of both the primary and middle schools until 2012 when he took on the role full time at the middle school. 

Hottowe is recommending Cowl for the position after three final candidates participated in the March 3 CAM Principal Forum, where students, parents and staff asked questions and completed feedback forms. Forum participants returned dozens of comment forms to the interview committee before a final decision was made. 

"I want to thank the parents, students and staff who participated in this process and gave us valuable feedback during the forum," Hottowe said. "We had three strong finalists, and the interview team appreciated the comments, which helped us make a final decision. 

Upon board approval, Cowl will take leadership at CAM Academy on July 1. Current CAM Academy Principal, Colleen O'Neal, announced her retirement earlier this year after serving the district for 28 years. "We want to thank Colleen for her years of service and leadership within the district and wish her the best in her retirement," Hottowe said. O'Neal will serve as principal through the remainder of the school year and support Cowl's transition into the position. The assistant principal position at Tukes Valley Middle School will be posted on the district's human resources pages after final board approval. 

CAM (Character and Academics for the Marketplace) Academy is a rigorous, academic, alternative school that serves students in grades 3-12 in the Battle Ground Public Schools district.

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