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New leadership kicks off HT’s school year
Sept. 2, 2013

By Starrla Cray
Staff Writer

WINSTED, MN – Holy Trinity High School Principal Bill Tschida recently accepted a new job offer, and announced his resignation from Holy Trinity in Winsted, effective Aug. 26.

Tschida is now the assistant principal/athletics and activities director at Farmington High School.

For the 2013-14 school year, Tschida’s former duties will be fulfilled by a new leadership team, consisting of guidance counselor Wes Kapping, Father Anthony Stubeda, and elementary Principal Cathy Millerbernd.

While maintaining their current roles at Holy Trinity, Kapping will serve as dean of students and daily operations, Stubeda will serve as chief education officer, and Millerbernd will serve as dean of faculty and curriculum.

“We’ve had a plan all along to evaluate the administrative structure of our school, and this just moved that discussion up,” Stubeda said. “For this school year, all the duties of principal are being carried out by this leadership team. This arrangement gives us the breathing room to determine how the mission of our school will be best served in the future.”

Stubeda’s duties as chief education officer will center on coordination of the leadership team, and overseeing the administrative needs of Holy Trinity School.

Millerbernd currently serves as elementary principal at both Holy Trinity in Winsted and St. Pius X Catholic School in Glencoe. As dean of faculty and curriculum, her additional duties will include managing staff and program needs within the school.

Kapping’s position will increase to full time this school year. He will continue to spend 20 hours per week as a guidance counselor (a position funded through the Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted School District), with the remainder of his time designated to leadership duties. Kapping will be the “go-to” person to handle student issues, and will be taking over Tschida’s former office space.

“We will also have other people on our staff helping out,” Stubeda said. “In the end, all the duties of principal are being fulfilled. It’s not a break in leadership; it’s just different.”

By having a team in place that’s already familiar with the needs of the school, Stubeda said Holy Trinity has the flexibility to take its time in developing a long-term plan, rather than rushing into hiring a new principal.

“While this is something people aren’t used to, there will always be someone who picks up the phone, and things will happen as they always have,” Stubeda said.

The first day of school at Holy Trinity is Tuesday, Sept. 3.

“We’re really excited to move ahead, and to welcome all our students and parents to another year,” Stubeda said. “We’re looking forward to it.”

HT principal resigns
At Farmington High School’s Aug. 26 board meeting, Bill Tschida’s contract was approved as assistant principal/athletics and activities director of Farmington High School.

Since 2007, Tschida had been employed as high school principal at Holy Trinity in Winsted.

According to a press release  from Farmington Area Public Schools, Tschida’s prior service includes Adrian Schools activities director/dean of students, athletic director of Watertown-Mayer High School, and activities director at Sleepy Eye St. Mary’s School, among other positions.

Tschida has also served as a coach in volleyball, baseball, and hockey.

Tschida has a bachelor of science in social studies from St. John’s University, a master’s of education from St. Mary’s University, and an educational specialist degree from Minnesota State University, Mankato.

In his new position in Farmington, Tschida will oversee secondary athletics and activities programs within the district.

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