Colusa High School will have a new principal when the 2021-2022 school year gets underway on July 1.
Last week, the Board of Trustees selected Ryan Vercruysse to take over the position from Burchfield Principal Rebecca Changus, who has served as interim principal for the 2020/2021 school year.
Vercruysse replaces Principal Josh Mason, who left after one year at Colusa High School for West Valley High School in Cottonwood.
Vercruysse has over 12 years of educational experience as a classroom teacher, athletic director/varsity coach, and administrator.
He has served as the associate principal at Red Bluff High School for three years, where he partnered with teachers and families to facilitate successful behavior and academic intervention programs, Colusa officials said in a press release.
Vercruysse also served as the administrator in charge of school safety, discipline management, and special education for high school students. From his previous experience as an administrator, Vercruysse brings a variety of skills, strategies, and resources that will build upon Colusa High School’s educational programs that support all students to achieve college and career readiness, the release stated.
Vercruysse, his wife Sarah, and son Adam are excited to be joining the Colusa community, officials said.
As Colusa High School’s principal, Vercruysse believes that CHS is a place where history, success, and traditions are evident throughout the school hallways and within the community. He is eager to contribute hard work, dedication, and commitment to the Colusa High School team.
Vercruysse stated he feels “truly honored to be able to serve Colusa High School as principal in the Colusa Unified School District” and looks forward to working side by side with the faculty and staff and continuing to embrace the tradition of academic excellence and the culture of service and compassion among all members of the Redhawk family, according to the release.