Poudre School District is thrilled to announce that Jesse Morrill has been selected as the principal for PSD’s new middle-high school at the Prospect site, which is slated to open in the fall of 2022.
“It is truly an honor to be able to open the new middle-high school in such a wonderful, growing community. Together, we will create a school with a healthy climate and culture that is a source of pride for Timnath and the surrounding area,” Morrill said.
Morrill has been a PSD professional for almost two decades and currently serves as the principal at Kinard Core Knowledge Middle School. He previously worked as the assistant principal at Kinard, as well as the academic dean and athletic director at Liberty Common High School before that.
“My experience as an administrator at Kinard Middle School over the past eight years has been phenomenal. I have learned so much about what it means to be truly committed to ensuring high levels of learning and great experiences for all students,” he said.
I am grateful for all of the people I have learned from during this time and am motivated to help this new school start with the healthy cultural foundation and commitment to collaboration that has allowed Kinard to be so successful.”
Under his leadership, Kinard received the John Irwin School of Excellence award every year and was recognized for high growth and achievement scores in math and English.
Morrill is passionate about establishing a culture that is focused on learning, collaboration, and results. At Kinard, he built trust among his staff and students to achieve these desired healthy results by being vulnerable.
“Jesse is the perfect individual to build the team at our new middle-high school,” said Scott Nielsen, PSD’s assistant superintendent of secondary schools. “He has been a highly successful principal during his time at Kinard in maintaining a strong culture and learning environment for the students, staff, and families. We are excited to see him partner with fantastic leaders already in place as they work to build the Timnath feeder system.”
Morrill will continue to serve as Kinard’s principal until June of this year, at which point he will transition to his new role as principal of the new middle-high school and prepare for the school’s opening in 2022.
The new middle-high school is one of three new schools being built with bond money approved by PSD voters in the 2016 election. It will be located at the northwest corner of County Road 5 and Prospect Road. The two-story building is a little over 250,000 square feet and is designed to serve about 1,500 students.
For more information about projects funded by the 2016 bond and mill levy override, please visit PSD’s New Schools and Facilities Improvements web page.