Wallsmith chosen as new BESIC principal
Baldwin School Board members stayed within the district to find the next Baldwin Elementary School Intermediate Center principal.
On Monday night, Dan Wallsmith was unanimously approved as the new BESIC administrator. Wallsmith will complete his duties as the Marion Springs Elementary School fifth grade teacher before replacing long-time BESIC principal Tom Mundinger on July 1.
“I’m trying to soak it all in right now,” Wallsmith said Tuesday. “I was excited to hear the news last night. It’s nice to know people have confidence in you.”
Wallsmith wasn’t the only one excited by the news. Cathy Maxon, BESIC fourth grade teacher, was happy to hear Wallsmith was hired as the school’s principal.
“I was pleasantly surprised when I heard the news last night,” Maxon said. “I’m thrilled that Dan is going to be joining our staff. I’m really looking forward to working with him.”
Mundinger announced his retirement this year, after 26 years as the principal of BESIC, which was BES until 2003. That opened the door for Wallsmith and 60 other applicants.
“This was an excellent opportunity at a well-run school and a prestigious district. It was an opportunity that I couldn't let go by,” said Wallsmith.
Maxon is also excited about the opportunity to work with Wallsmith.
“He’s a really positive person,” Maxon said. “Everybody I’ve talked to has positive things to say about him. Some of our kids have worked with him before and they were happy to hear he’ll be here next year.”
The school board met for just a few minutes Monday night at a special meeting. The board also approved the resignation of Pat Wittry, BHS Spanish instructor, and the retirement of Janice Gezel, Baldwin Elementary School Primary Center custodian.