Big Bear Lake, CA, May 9, 2012, 8:00am – Big Bear Elementary School will have a new principal for the upcoming school year 2012-2013. Current principal, Jeanette Haston, will be returning to the classroom by her own choice. Mrs. Haston, who has been the principal at BBES since 2009, tells Kbear that she has decided to go back to teaching to allow her the opportunity to spend more time with her family. Mrs. Haston added that she hopes to return to an administrative role at some point in the future, as her career is important but that she doesn’t want to miss this time with her three young children. Laura Bulrice, Administrative Secretary at BBES, stated that “we will miss her dearly and we love her energy and she will bring it to the classroom.” As decided by a unanimous vote at a Special Board meeting of the Bear Valley Unified School District on May 2nd, replacing Mrs. Haston will be Michelle Case from Las Vegas, Nevada. Ms. Case is currently the Assistant Principal at two Clark County sites known as Scherkenback-Bilbray Elementary Schools. According to BVUSD Superintendent, Kurt Madden, forty-four applicants applied for the position that were paper screened down to ten candidates with four making the final cut. Of the four, Ms. Case was the stand out candidate. Present colleagues describe her as refined, polished, solid and a top assistant principal. Michelle Case will begin with the BVUSD school district on July 1st to assume the role of Big Bear Elementary School principal.