Bullis Charter names interim superintendent

Bullis Charter School has a new interim superintendent, and its founding superintendent Wanny Hersey is moving into a new “strategic” role.

The changes weren’t announced publicly, beyond an email sent to charter school families and staff July 25. The shift was first reported by the Mountain View Voice Aug. 14.

According to the email Bullis Charter School Board of Directors President Joe Hurd sent the school community, Hersey will continue to report to the board but will no longer be involved in day-to-day school operations. Hurd said Hersey will spend the next year “transitioning to a new role focused on strategic initiatives to share BCS’ program locally, nationally and internationally and to create new educational and professional development opportunities for BCS’ students and staff.”

Hersey began leading the charter school when it opened in 2004 and is still listed on its website as “founding superintendent.”

Brian Köhn began as interim superintendent July 29. He comes to the school from a position as executive director at the Oakland School for the Arts, which is also a charter school.

According to Köhn’s biography on Bullis Charter School’s website, he began his teaching career in the Coronado Unified School District as an arts educator and co-founded Coronado School for the Arts.

Starting next month, Bullis’ board will begin a “worldwide search” for a new superintendent. An Aug. 5 board meeting agenda reported that Ann Waterman Roy is serving as chairwoman of the search committee. Roy is a former Bullis board member whose three-year term expired June 30.

Köhn and Hurd were not available for an interview before the Town Crier’s print deadline. Hersey and Roy did not reply to emails requesting comment.

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