DeAngelis’ successor named at Columbine High

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Community event scheduled for parents to meet Somers

By Daniel Laverty

Jeffco Public Schools has announced that KC Somers will be the new principal at Columbine High School starting next school year, succeeding longtime leader Frank DeAngelis.

“We are confident that Somers will continue to model and foster a welcoming climate and culture of excellence at Columbine,” said Dan Cohan, executive director of school effectiveness for Jeffco Public Schools. “He has already developed strong relationships with many families in the south area.”

Somers currently is principal at Blue Heron Elementary, which is about a mile north of Columbine High. Before that, he served as an assistant principal at Chatfield High School.

DeAngelis, who announced his retirement last August, spent 35 years at Columbine, including 18 as principal. He was principal during the 1999 school shootings that left 12 students and one teacher dead.

Parents and community members are invited to meet Columbine’s new principal from 6 to 7 p.m. March 6 in the HOPE Columbine Memorial Library at Columbine High School, 6201 S. Pierce St.

After the informal meeting, Columbine High’s Unity in Action club is hosting Coffee Jam, an event to raise funds for students and schools in Africa. A $5 donation will buy baked goods, coffee and student entertainment.