Assistant Superintendent for Business Brad Dahl is leaving Ralston Public Schools this June after five years with the district.
Dahl, who served as the district’s Executive Director for Student Services before moving into his current role, will be starting an administrative job with Fremont Public Schools in July.
Current Ralston Middle School principal Jason Buckingham will move into Dahl’s role, which will be retitled as Executive Director of Fiscal Resources, with RMS assistant principal Andy Parizek moving into Buckingham’s position as principal.
Dahl said his new position in Fremont will be similar to his current job in many ways.
“I’ll be working in a similar capacity but with additional details, dealing with business affairs and student services,” Dahl said. “It’s also a similar population to Ralston, with similar demographics.”
Both personal and professional factors weighed in to Dahl’s decision.
“My wife and I both have family that farms up north of Fremont, and that was instrumental in making the decision,” he said. “But it’s also a good opportunity for me professionally to carry on the work I’ve been doing here and make a broader impact. I believe we have a real opportunity as educators to make a difference in lives and make a lifelong impact.”
Dahl said he hopes to take some of the things he’s learned at Ralston with him to Fremont and use them to make a difference in another district.
In his five years with the district, Dahl said he has been able to be part of many programs and projects that he is truly proud of. His list of points of pride included the district’s positive behavior interventions, the addition of pre-algebra for sixth-graders into high ability learning programs, more progressive and meaningful summer school programs, preschool programs that offer the maximum opportunities possible and provide structured support to students from free-and-reduced-lunch homes at an early age and the creation of strategic plans to give the district a view forward.
“I don’t want anyone to think I’m anything but appreciative of the opportunities I’ve had here,” Dahl said. “It’s been a great opportunity to grow, develop and make a difference.”
Ralston Superintendent Mark Adler said Dahl has been a great asset for the district.
“Brad’s one of the most professional people that I’ve ever worked with,” Adler said. “He has been highly committed and keeps the best interests of students in Ralston at the forefront. He’s done a phenomenal amount of work in making sure we have great systems in place to work through whatever, from the budget to maintenance to operations. Even through some of our financial challenges, we’ve still tried to move the mark in things we think impact student learning the most, and he’s done a great job in supporting and helping us do that.”
Dahl’s move to a new district is bittersweet for both Adler and Dahl himself. Adler said he’s happy for Dahl but sad to see him go.
“In our business, we have to support people in their development,” Adler said. “As much as we hate to lose Brad from our team, it’s important to support him in continuous growth, just like we want to see students grow and have continuous opportunities.”
Dahl said he has high hopes for both himself and the district going forward.
“I’ve developed a lot of great relationships and am proud of the work going on in RPS, but I’m excited for the future and for my continued work in education,” he said. “I’m also excited for Ralston’s future and the things that will go on in this district. Ralston has such great community and board support and such great leadership.”
Adler said the district’s commitment to leadership development has made the transition much easier, with Buckingham and Parizek both ready to take on new challenges.
“We can get some new opportunities for some people, and I have a great amount of confidence that they will be highly successful and help us move in the right direction,” Adler said.
“We have outstanding leaders right now in our district and in our schools, including great teacher-leaders that help lead our departments, teams and committees. One of the most important jobs I have is make sure we have quality leaders able to take over and help us lead.”