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School Board Ditches ‘Interim’ For Principal

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Robert Ditch. Photo credit: Wood River Middle School

Blaine County School District has named Robert Ditch as the next principal of Wood River Middle School. Ditch had been serving as the interim principal of WRMS, and before that he served as vice principal for 11 years. 

Incoming Superintendent Jim Foudy played an integral role in the hiring process as he works to build a new leadership team for BCSD. Ditch will serve as a key member of that team. 

“Mr. Ditch brings a wealth of experience and knowledge specific to the school and is eager to support the staff and students as we move forward together into the 2021-22 school year,” said Foudy. 

At WRMS, Ditch has overseen building operations, emergency planning, academic interventions, student behavior systems and staff supervision, evaluation and hiring. He has also co-facilitated the school’s study abroad program and helped develop a sister school program with Gredos San Diego Cooperativo of Madrid, Spain. In addition to his experience as a principal and vice principal, Ditch has served as a coordinator for student success, dean of students, athletic director and activity coordinator. He began his career in education as a social studies teacher at Central Kitsap Junior High School in Silverdale, Washington. He was also an elementary school principal in the state of Washington. 

Ditch holds a master of education degree in educational technology from City University of Seattle and a bachelor’s degree in English from Central Washington University. He also holds an education specialist degree from Boise State University. 

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