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Monroe Legacy

Interviews underway for Monroe Elementary principal

Recommendation expected March 19

MONROE — PCM leaders have begun interviews for the next principal of Monroe Elementary School and, according to superintendent Brad Jermeland, he plans to have a recommendation for the school board to consider at its March 19 meeting.

“We’ll be interviewing with a group of teachers, classified staff, administrators and parents,” Jermeland said. “I’ll get input from all the groups and make a recommendation to the board for hire.”

Jermeland made these comments Feb. 19 during the regular monthly school board meeting at PCM Middle School in Prairie City.

In a letter sent home to ME parents in December, the district announced building principal Ryan Roozeboom had resigned due to health concerns. Jermeland has been filling in and completing the duties of ME principal since the week before winter break.

PCM received 41 applications for the open position and administrators have narrowed those down to four. Interviews began March 1.

In the last two years, PCM schools have seen quick turn over in the principal positions in three out of the four school buildings. Longtime Prairie City Elementary School Principal Mary Poulter retired in May 2015, and her successor, former Southeast Polk teacher Luke Vander Sanden, resigned after one school year. He was replaced with former PCM District Curriculum Director Stephanie Ver Helst.

PCM Middle School has also seen several principals since 2015. Former Southeast Polk Community Schools Instructional Coach Blake Kielman was hired to replace outgoing middle school principal Stephanie Langstraat, who resigned to take become Berg Middle School principal in the Newton CSD. Kielman was quickly succeeded by now-PCM Middle School Principal Ty Weatherman for the 2017-18 school year.

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