May 21, 2007

Delano School Board expected to hire high school principal Monday night

By Ryan Gueningsman
Managing Editor

Delano School Board is expected to approve the hiring of high school principal Matthew Schoen at tonight’s school board meeting.

Schoen, who is presently the principal of Columbia Heights High School, has signed a contract with the Delano School District, said Superintendent Dr. John Sweet.

Schoen graduated from the University of St. Thomas with a specialist degree in education administration and a master’s degree in secondary education administration. He also has a bachelor of arts degree from St. John’s University, with a major in social studies, and a minor in secondary education.

His career involves a few different position, including the principalship at Columbia Heights, a position he has held since July 2003.

While at Columbia Heights, he has worked to develop a five-period, three-trimester master schedule, as well as developed a freshman transition program.

Prior to Columbia Heights, Schoen was the assistant principal of the Owatonna Senior High School, where he also worked with schedule development, served on a district-wide budget committee to research and recommend an efficient way to develop a budget for the district, as well as a freshman transition program. He was at Owatonna from July 1999 to June 2003.

Before going to Owatonna, he was principal of St. Mary’s School in Worthington, as well as social studies department chair/teacher at St. Agnes High School in St. Paul since 1989.

Schoen is also a member of the Association of Supervision Curriculum Development, Association of Secondary School Principals, and member of the National Association of Secondary School Principals.

Schoen will replace Dr. Bruce Locklear, who has resigned from his position to accept a principal job offer from Edina High School. Locklear has served as Delano High School’s principal for the past five years.

Board member announces her resignation

Also at Monday’s board meeting, the board is expected to accept the resignation of school board member Sarah Hellmich.

Hellmich, who was elected to the board last November, tendered her resignation to Sweet May 14, citing the relocation of her family as the reason she will no longer be able to serve on the school board.

“Although my tenure was short, I hope that upon my return to Delano, I can again earn a seat on the board of this terrific school district,” she said in her letter.

Sweet said the board will appoint someone to fill the remainder of Hellmich’s term.

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