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New face at Sparks Middle
by Jessica Carner
Sep 05, 2011 | 1870 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Tribune/John Byrne
Kevin Carroll took over as principal at Sparks Middle School last week.
Tribune/John Byrne Kevin Carroll took over as principal at Sparks Middle School last week.
SPARKS — With the new school year came a change in leadership at Sparks Middle School.

Kevin Carroll, who brings a couple of decades of experience to the table, took over as principal this year and said he can’t wait to get to know the students, parents and staff of the school.

“I’m extremely excited to be a part of the school and a part of the community and to continue moving the school forward,” Carroll said Friday in a phone interview.

Carroll grew up in Sparks and is a Reed High School and University of Nevada, Reno graduate. He was a science teacher at Reed High School for 16 years, where he also coached football and track, and a department leader for five years. He then served as dean of students at Reed for one year.

Most recently, Carroll was the assistant principal at Wooster High School for two years.

Though Carroll has spent his career working with high school students, he feels he is very qualified to take the helm at a middle school.

“I have kids that are in middle school,” Carroll said, adding that he understands the importance of making sure students leave middle school ready to enter high school.

Carroll has been involved in working with the middle schools that feed students to the high schools, or “feeder schools.”

“I feel I am familiar with middle school,” he said. “I feel that I am bringing a lot of experience.”

A “Meet and Greet the Principal” event will take place at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday at Sparks Middle School, and is an opportunity for parents to get to know the new administrator. The school also is hosting an open house at 5:30 p.m. Friday.

The first week of school went really well, and Carroll is looking forward to a great year.

“It’s been a smooth transition and a really smooth week,” he said.

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