The sudden passing of McKinley Principal Steve Chadaz was a tragedy that rocked the community. People have rallied together, honoring the amazing life he led. In the wake of this tragedy, the Box Elder School District faced the difficult task of replacing him. The man chosen for the job is one of Chadaz’s longtime friends and colleague, Clay Chournos.
Chournos’s teaching career kicked off in the fall of 2000 when he started teaching 6th and 7th grade science at Alice C. Harris Intermediate. A year later he went to Bear River High School teaching biology until 2010. During this time he was also an assistant football coach and head baseball coach. His next transfer took him back to ACHI and the Bear River Middle School where he was the assistant principal for both schools. This past school year he was the full-time assistant principal at ACHI.
This coming school year he was going to be principal at Discovery Elementary, a job he accepted in May and officially took over on July 1. “I have great respect for that school,” he said.
When district officials asked to meet with Chournos he guessed they’d ask him to fill the position of such a great leader. “I was extremely shocked—that was the farthest thing from my mind,” he said. “It took me a minute to wrap my head around it but I felt they knew what the best decision for that school was and I had to trust their decision.”
Find out his plans for McKinley in this week’s Leader.