By Carl McCutchen, Loveland Connection Staff Writer
Loveland Classical Schools has taken steps to opening its doors for the 2011-12 school year.
Almost immediately after receiving a favorable vote on its charter from the Thompson School District Board of Education on Wednesday night, organizers got the administration wheels turning, hiring Loveland resident David Yu as principal.
“We were going through quite a bit of a process to find our principal over the last several months,” said co-founder Tamara Cramer.
Yu, who works as a math instructor at Ridgeview Classical Schools in Fort Collins, has worked for the school for the past 10 years and also spent time teaching in Poudre School District.
He also is a Thompson Valley High School graduate and obtained his mathematics degree from Colorado State University in 1992.
He was one of seven candidates interviewed for the position and turned out to be the best choice for Loveland Classical Schools, officials said.
“He really understood what our goals, what our vision and mission were, and he could fully articulate it, and he could just, just launch it,” Cramer said. “He is a true visionary leader. He understands what we’re trying to accomplish here.”
Hiring a principal is the first step for the school, but there still is a lot more work to do.
The first step is to work out a contract with the district, which Cramer said will happen soon. She said the search for teachers and the rest of the staff will begin as well.
“A lot of things have to happen all at the same time,” she said. “Our priority is to get our business manager and our administration taken care of.”