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The Beverly Hills Unified School District Board of Education voted unanimously to approve Drew Stewart as the new principal of Beverly Hills High School during its May 9 meeting, capping off a year-long search.
“I’m honored and humbled to lead this very venerable institution forward,” Stewart said.
With school life returning to normal following the COVID-19 pandemic, Stewart is focused on helping students recover from learning challenges during the pandemic, while excelling in academics, athletics and extra-curriculars.
“We never want to rest on our laurels. We always want to push our students academically,” he added.
After former principal Mark Mead was promoted to BHUSD director of safety last July, Stewart and Kim Decatrel were appointed interim co-principals for the 2022-23 school year. Stewart’s appointment was approved following brief statements from the board members, who welcomed him to his new role and said they looked forward to working together.
“I am so excited that you’re joining us in a different role,” BHUSD Superintendent Michael Bregy said. “As we continue with future years in our school district, your experience is going to just bring so much to our school. We are on a road to success, and you really have placed us in a place where we’re going to be moving a lot quicker.”
“We wish you all the best and [are] looking forward to being with you the next couple of years in this new endeavor,” board member Judy Manouchehri said.
In a statement, Bregy added that he has worked with Stewart since 2017, when he was a teacher at BHHS. Stewart was appointed assistant principal shortly after, and he has demonstrated exemplary leadership qualities and an unwavering commitment to the district over the past six years.
The search for a new principal required the support and expertise of the entire BHUSD community. The district hired a consulting firm and received applications from candidates across the country. Students, staff, parents and alumni all played important roles in answering surveys, interviewing candidates and participating in panels, Bregy said.
“This year, I got a taste of the work, and I think it made me excited to apply and do this next year by myself,” Stewart said.
“Mr. Stewart had formidable competition as he entered the process. Ultimately, it confirmed that here at BHUSD we have the best of the best leading our schools at every level and there is no better candidate to helm Beverly Hills High School,” Bregy said. “The co-principalship has been tremendously successful and I am grateful to Ms. Decatrel for her dedication and leadership throughout this interim period.”
BHUSD board president Noah Margo thanked the entire administration for attending the May 9 meeting, which helped create a sense of partnership among the community.
“It’s a wonderful camaraderie that you’re building, and it really helps send that message throughout our entire district. So congratulations, welcome, and thank you all for coming,” Margo said.
Stewart will officially become principal in July.
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