West Bend School District Announces Principal Changes for Grades 7-12 Students

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West Bend Joint School District I Superintendent Jen Wimmer today announced the realignment of school leaders within the West Bend School District who will provide additional expertise to move forward in achieving goals strategic.

West Bend East High School Principal John Graf has accepted the position of Curriculum Administrator with the West Bend School District, where he will support the teaching and learning department. Graf’s experience teaching to improve student outcomes will allow him to jump into this new role quickly. This position has not been filled by a full-time employee in the past year.

“John’s experience with using different levels of academic support to ensure each student is growing the necessary to prepare for a career or college has been beneficial to East High School,” said Jen Wimmer.

Other leadership changes include the return of West Bend East vice-principal Tyler Wood to Badger Middle School as vice-principal. Wood was a teacher and Dean of Students at Badger until 2016 when he moved to East High School. Lisa Paulin, dean of Badger students, has accepted the position of vice principal at West High School. Paulin served as dean of students at Badger for two years and was a special education teacher at Green Tree Elementary for 13 years.

The school district is recruiting a new vice principal for East High School and dean of students for Badger Middle School.

Ralph Schlass, principal of West High School for five years, has accepted a new position with the district to focus on supporting and building community relationships and engagement. He will ensure that collaborations with nonprofits in the community increase services to WBSD students and those with local business and industry also benefit 4K through 12th grade students in a variety of ways.

Schlass will also work with our current relationships at local businesses to support both our vocational and technical education programs and our academic and career planning efforts, as well as expand collaborations with other local businesses to increase student participation in apprenticeships, internships and pairings.

“This role will create and build innovative, large-scale collaborations that strengthen the education of all WBSD students. With knowledge of the area and schools, Ralph will support current relationships in the community and develop new ones with the goal of having unique programming offerings. His knowledge, experience and connection to the community made him stand out as a candidate,” Wimmer said.

While Schlass and East High School Principal John Graf hold different positions, a search will begin for an Executive Director to lead East and West High Schools. The leadership teams will continue to include East and West assistant directors and athletic directors for each school. A similar leadership model was used in secondary schools for several years until 2017.

“Having a single director will provide centralized leadership and consistency in communication and engagement among all stakeholders,” Wimmer said.

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