Bruce Osgood, Burbank High School’s new principal, won’t have much
trouble finding his way around campus.
Osgood, who started his new job Tuesday, spent four years as
Burbank High’s assistant principal for discipline before becoming
principal at John Muir Middle School. “I know many of the teachers
who are here, and the staff and students know me,” Osgood said. “I
see that as positive momentum.”
One of his first duties as principal will be to meet with teachers
and other staff members to get an idea of what their strengths are.
He is also meeting with Assistant Principals Mike Bertram and Doug
Berry to complete the school’s master schedule, ensuring that enough
classes are created for the entire student body. Osgood calls the
master schedule “the heart of the high school.”
Osgood intends to bring some stability to the job of principal --
he is the school’s seventh principal in 10 years. But Osgood is a
Burbank resident whose four children attend district schools, so he
said he plans to stay for quite some time.
“I have no desire to go anywhere else or move away,” Osgood said.
“I’m happy to stay. Hopefully, they’ll be happy to have me.”
School board President Trish Burnett and the rest of the board
voted unanimously to give Osgood the job May 22 following the
resignation of Leslee DeRoos. Burnett is confident about his ability
to be a good leader.
“He’s proven himself to be very good with people, and he is
responsive to everybody,” she said.
District Superintendent Gregory Bowman said that when he and
Alexis Sheehy, assistant superintendent for instructional services,
thought about who could do the job, they immediately considered
Osgood. They realized he could bring the same leadership skills to
the high school that he brought to Muir Middle School.
Osgood has an excellent history since he has been in the district,
“In whatever position he’s been in, he has performed in a way that
has made a positive difference,” Bowman said. “He has a vision for
Burbank High School far beyond what it is today.”