Two veteran school principals have been named to lead the Washoe County School District’s newest schools when they open in August 2020: Brandon Bringhurst will serve as principal of the new middle school at Arrowcreek, and Heidi Gavrilles will serve as principal at John Bohach Elementary School in Spanish Springs.

“We are happy to announce that these longtime educators have been named to leadership positions in our newest schools,” said WCSD Superintendent Traci Davis. “They will bring a wealth of experience to their roles, and we look forward to welcoming our students to their new schools in August 2020.”

Brandon Bringhurst earned his undergraduate degree in theatre education at Brigham Young University, and his master’s degree in educational administration from Tarleton State University in Texas. He taught middle school and served as a campus instructional specialist, assistant principal, and principal in schools in Killeen, Texas before coming to Washoe County in 2012. He has previously worked as an assistant principal at Reed High School and as principal of Mendive Middle School.

Heidi Gavrilles earned her undergraduate degree in journalism at the University of Oregon, her teacher licensure at the University of Northern Iowa, and her master’s degree in educational leadership at the University of Nevada, Reno. She was hired as a teacher for the Washoe County School District in 1999, and has served as a teacher at Virginia Palmer Elementary School, and as a teacher, instructional coach, dean of students, and principal at Lois Allen Elementary School. In 2013, she was named principal of Mathews Elementary School and has also served on numerous District committees and task forces.

WCSD says as principals, Bringhurst and Gavrilles will participate in virtually every aspect of launching a new school, including: 

• interviewing and hiring teachers 

• enlisting the help of students, families, and staff members in choosing school colors and mascots 

• assembling content and curriculum via the digital platform 

• reviewing contracts 

• designing progressive discipline procedures 

• purchasing everything that goes into the school from hand trucks to technology 

“It’s such an exciting time for our District,” said Superintendent Davis. “We look forward to seeing these new schools finished and filled with students.”

The new middle school at Arrowcreek—which has not been officially named pending public input and a decision by the Washoe County School Board of Trustees next month— will have a far-reaching impact on WCSD, helping to ease overcrowding at virtually all elementary- and middle schools south of Interstate 80. This impact is the result of rezoning and shifting sixth-graders to middle schools District-wide.

The construction of John Bohach Elementary School in Spanish Springs is also part of a broader ongoing effort to rezone schools and relieve overcrowding in rapidly growing parts of the community. The new Sky Ranch Middle School next door will also play an important role in this effort when it opens in August.

Previously, principals were announced for three other new schools in WCSD that are scheduled to open in time for school to begin in August of this year: Don Angotti will serve as principal of Nick Poulakidas Elementary School in the South Meadows area of Reno; Gina Leonhard was named principal of Sky Ranch Middle School in Spanish Springs; and Laura Petersen will serve as principal of Desert Skies Middle School in Sun Valley.

(Washoe County School District contributed to this report.)