BHS principals resign; Wegner retires from MSES, VES
Changing of the guard continues at USD 348 schools as three principals are leaving the district and two will be replaced next year.
During the past three years, four principals retired from the Baldwin School District. There is one more retirement to add to the mix this year, along with a pair of resignations.
Gus Wegner, principal at Marion Springs and Vinland elementary schools, will be retiring at the end of the school year. Wegner’s retirement was approved Monday by the USD 348 Board of Education.
“Gus was looking at retiring this year, so he’s decided to go ahead and do that,” Dorathy said. “He’s worked in this district for many, many years, and I think he felt like it was time.”
Wegner has been an administrator and taught in the school district for many years. In the fall of 2008, Wegner became the principal at Vinland Elementary, along with Marion Springs. He’s been the administrator for both schools for the past three school years.
The other changes in administration next year will be at Baldwin High School. Principal Shaun Moseman and Assistant Principal Bret Jones will resign as of June 30. Their resignation was also approved Monday night.
“I think we both have different reasons of our own,” Moseman said. “I’m just looking for other high school principal opportunities that are out there. I’m looking for an opportunity in the Midwest. I can’t speak for Mr. Jones, but I’m looking for a high school principal opening at a bigger school where I can move up to assistant superintendent or superintendent position.”
Moseman was hired as BHS principal in 2006, replacing Allen Poplin.
“It’s been a wonderful experience here,” Moseman said. “It’s been a learning experience as it’s my first high school principal job. I will miss the staff and the students. In the five years we’ve been here, I think we’ve had the standard of excellence all five years. Our ACT scores are above the state average. We’ve initiated the career clusters where we test them for what they might want to do as a career. We also try and get them some information about that. We’ve also done a lot of work with colleges and trying to articulate our classes with them so that when kids leave here, they have college hours. We’ve also added quite a few courses, not just college level and honors classes, but elective-level courses that correspond to kids’ interests as far as careers go.”
Now the school board will begin its search for new administration at BHS. Superintendent Paul Dorathy said the jobs are already being advertised.
“There will be a big change in leadership at the high school,” Dorathy said. “We’re going to have to start the process now of looking for replacements for them. We will get started on that quickly and hopefully get started with interviews during the first week of April.”