Nate Myers takes the helm at Kenwood School
One-school towns, it turns out, are Myers’ cup of tea
By Melissa Dowling and Tracy Salcedo
The new superintendent of the Kenwood Elementary School District and principal of Kenwood School grew up in a small town in the Mojave Desert and served as superintendent/ principal of the Monte Rio school district, which is about half the size of Kenwood, so the smalltown feel of the place appealed to him. That said, Myers comes into the job knowing big challenges lie ahead. Chief among those challenges: conforming with ever-changing guidance regarding COVID-19 to keep students and staff safe and healthy. With information about pandemic safety pouring in from a variety of sources, Myers must be nimble as he moves into, and then through, the 2021–2022 school year. For example, when he sat down with the Kenwood Press in late July to talk about his new position with the school district, masking and vaccination requirements for students were still unknowns. By Aug. 6, Myers was able to send a message to Kenwood School families explaining masks would be required indoors, in accordance with guidance from the California Department of Public Health. It’s not anticipated this guidance will change before students return to the campus on Aug. 18, but like all school districts — and school district leaders — Myers must be nimble.
What’s not likely to change going forward is Myers’ excitement about launching into the new school year. He’s looking forward to “getting kids and staff back to school, back to class, and back to a normal routine,” and also getting to know the Kenwood community — a process that began with a parent volunteer day earlier this month, with parents joining staff to spruce up the school’s landscaping. “The school needed a little TLC after being closed for so long,” he explained.
Myers took the helm at the Kenwood school district on July 1, following the retirement of Bob Bales, who’d served as superintendent/principal for 23 years. In announcing Myers’ selection, the Kenwood School Board of Directors noted that the Santa Rosa resident holds an administrative credential from Sonoma State University and a master’s degree in Educational Leadership, has more than 20 years’ experience as a teacher, and helped guide the Monte Rio school district through fire, flood, and public safety power shutoffs. He also has served on a variety of volunteer community organizations. Bales has agreed to help with the transition, and the two have known each other for many years, according to Myers — who noted that the long-time Cougar offered some key advice to the new Cougar: “Enjoy it.”