Expect more administrative changes to Winona Area Public Schools (WAPS) this fall to accompany incoming superintendent Dr. Stephen West and Winona Senior High School (WSHS) principal Kelly Halvorsen’s switch to WAPS Director of Learning and Teaching. Current WAPS Director of Activities Brad Berzinski will succeed Dr. John Kaehler, who will retire after 41 years with the district, as the principal of Washington-Kosciusko Elementary. Additionally, WAPS Director of Fiscal Affairs Dan Pyan will assume the role of director of finance with South Washington County Schools in Cottage Grove. The changes are set to be approved by the WAPS Board at its meeting, which will be held Thursday, June 19, at 6 p.m.
According to the meeting agenda, Berzinski’s contract splits his work at 80 percent as principal of W-K and 20 percent as assistant principal of WSHS. The reduction of hours within the W-K principal position was a budget cut agreed upon by Kaehler and approved by the board at the May 16, 2013, meeting. “Most likely [Berzinski will] keep an office at WSHS,” WAPS Human Resources Administrative Assistant Emily Boynton explained. The position of WAPS Director of Activities is currently open for applications and will stay open until July 6.
The agenda also lists Pyan’s resignation effective July 17. The application deadline to apply for the position of WAPS Director of Fiscal Affairs will close at the end of the day on June 29.
The search continues
for WSHS Principal
WSHS is still looking for a new principal after Galesville-Ettrick-Trempealeau High School Principal Troy White initially accepted the position and then called back on Monday to decline. “We made an offer and [White] accepted, and then a short while later [he] called to tell us that [he was] going to stay where [he is] at,” WAPS Superintendent Scott Hannon explained. “It sounded like [White] had people in the community, people on the School Board and teachers rally around [him] to keep [him] in the district.”
Applications for WSHS principal will be open until July 6, and Hannon reported that there have already been several applicants.