Principal shuffle continues
More news regarding Baldwin School District administrators came from Monday's Baldwin School Board meeting.
There was another retirement and several contracts extended. However, the big news of the night came after the board met in executive session.
The school board voted unanimously to make Gus Wegner the principal at both Marion Springs Elementary School and Vinland Elementary School for the 2008-2009 school year. Wegner is currently the MSES principal.
"Part of our reasons are financially related," Board Member Ande Parks said on the decision regarding Wegner. "We will have as few new dollars as anyone in the state and if we're going to be really committed to those two schools, then we need to pinch every penny possible.
"We think we can pinch a few pennies and still serve those kids as best we can by doing this," Parks said. "We at least have to try it out for a year and see how it goes. We also know that Gus will do a fine job at both schools."
The VES principal position became available when Bill Scott, current VES principal, announced his retirement in December. Next year, Wegner will split time between the rural schools, which will eliminate his time as physical education teacher at MSES.
Although he will longer be teaching students directly, Wegner said he is happy to assist the district in saving thousands of dollars.
"I'm excited about the opportunity to return to Vinland, " Wegner said. "When I first started in this district about 20 years ago, I was principal at both schools for seven years. They are similar schools, but they are different, too. They both have special parent groups that care about education. I'm excited about next year."
Of course, Scott isn't the only district administrator to announce his or her retirement this year. Baldwin Elementary School Intermediate Center Principal Tom Mundinger's retirement was approved at the January school board meeting.
On Monday night, the board approved Joe Gresnick's retirement. Gresnick is the assistant principal at Baldwin Junior High School. Like Mundinger, Gresnick is retiring from Kansas Public Employees Retirement System, but is hoping to stay in education.
"I am retiring from KPERS, but I am going to stay in education and see if I can work something out," Gresnick said. "I want to try and stay in education for a couple of more years. Hopefully, the school board and I can work something out and I can stay here. That's what I would like to do."
In other news from Monday, the school board unanimously approved the extension of five principals in the district. The 6-0 vote extended their contracts through the 2008-2009 school year. Board Member Scott Lauridsen was the missing board member Monday.
The five principals whose contracts were extended were Shaun Moseman (Baldwin High School principal), Bret Jones (BHS assistant principal), Connie Wright (Baldwin Junior High School principal), Deb Ehling-Gwin (Baldwin Elementary School Primary Center) and Wegner.