The Woodland School District went to a veteran of California schools to get its new principal for Woodland Elementary School, bringing on Steven Carvey to succeed the embattled Mark Houk. Earlier this year, Houk was removed from the position, after school staff claimed that he had physically abused a third-grade special education student. Houk is now awaiting trial on criminal charges connected to those allegations. Woodland Superintendent Michael Green says that Carney has 22 years of experience in education, working as a teacher, a principal and a superintendent in California before moving back to Washington some three years ago. Green says that Carney has a strong background and experience in building and delivering research-based professional development programs and learning support systems. Carney says that he loves the work that he has done nationally, but the most important work is done in the classroom.