BURLEY — Burley’s newest school has named its principal.

Chuck Day, a fifth grade teacher at Oregon Trail Elementary in Twin Falls, will lead John V Evans Elementary starting July 1.

Day served in both the U.S. Air Force and the Army National Guard and is a 20-year veteran.

Soldiers and students have a lot in common, he said. Leading an Army National Guard detachment or teaching fifth graders are both about respect, rapport and building relationships, he said.

He was hired by the school board during its monthly meeting Tuesday.

Day has taught for 11 years and has degrees from Central Washington University and Capella University. He lives in Filer and enjoys coaching volleyball, traveling, spending time with his four children and snowboarding.

“With his experience in the classroom and his ongoing military service, the board believes Mr. Day will be able to develop positive relationships with both students and teachers to create a positive learning environment,” board member Darin Moon said.

Of a pool of 12 candidates, the board interviewed four.

“The screening committee and the board of trustees were impressed with Mr. Day’s enthusiasm and leadership abilities,” chairman Ryan Cranney. “We are excited to look forward to having him as part of our school district.”

Day plans to bring the “Leader in Me” program to the district. The program gives students a role and voice in their school.

His recent classroom experiences give him fresh ideas from the trenches, he said, and he hopes his positive energy will excite teachers and students. Day wants to meet the needs of students who are struggling but also challenge high performing students.

In the 2018-2019 school year, four K-6 elementary schools will be open in Burley. Dustin Heath will be the principal at Mountain View Elementary School, Wes Nyblade at Dworshak Elementary School and Matt Seely at White Pine Elementary School.