HJ/EDJune 5, 2006

Mark Herman promoted to principal

By Kristen Miller
Staff Writer

With Paul Thomas retiring this year, the school board has appointed Assistant Principal Mark Herman to take his place.

“I’ve been fortunate to be able to observe Paul Thomas; an outstanding principal,” Herman said. “I hope to continue in his footsteps.”

Herman has been assistant principal for 10 years and has a total of 32 years in education.

“I’ve always aspired to be a high school principal,” Herman said.

Before his position as assistant principal, Herman taught physical education, health and social studies. He coached football, track and swimming as well, and in 1980, he helped design the Focus program for at-risk students.

As assistant principal, Herman has dealt with attendance, discipline, safety and security.

As of July 1, his responsibilities will shift to the school as a whole dealing with curriculum, staffing, visions and goals.

With an ever-changing global society, “Our students are not only in competition among themselves, but with student throughout the world and we have to prepare them for it,” Herman said.

In order to do this, “We need to provide education necessary to assist the students for a lifetime of learning,” he said.

He sees himself as a resource and he believes his experiences will help him assist teachers, staff and students reach their full potential, he stated.

One of Herman’s visions for DC High School is to continue to be one of the best high schools in the state of Minnesota, he said.

With the budget reductions, the assistant principal has been replaced with a dean of students position. The position is posted and interviews should be scheduled in the upcoming weeks, according to Herman.

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