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ACGC principal to take position in Paynesville

GROVE CITY -- Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City Principal Dave Oehrlein submitted his resignation to the school board Monday, ending a 13-year career in the district.

He's accepted a job as elementary principal in Paynesville.

His departure means the break up of the two-person powerhouse administrative team at the school district, and will result in adding a third position to the current administrative team.

For the past two years Oehrlein and Superintendent Sherri Broderius were the only two administrators in the district. The move from ACGC's previous roster of three administrators, saved the district "a ton of money," Broderius said.

Their combined 39 years of experience with policy, procedures and history of ACGC students and teachers "gave us the foundation to save the district the price of an administrator for two years," she said.

There were concerns that having only two administrators to travel to schools in three separate towns would be taxing.

It was common knowledge on the board that the arrangement could only work if the two administrators were Oehrlein and Broderius.

Because of their experience at ACGC, compatible working styles and respect for each other, they were able to handle the duties, Broderius said.

After 45 minutes of discussion, the board on Monday agreed to expand the staff to include a dean of students, along with hiring a replacement for Oehrlein. Broderius will continue her dual roles as superintendent and 7-12 grade principal.

The new dean of students will take over the disciplinary problems, mid-term reports, student surveys and other student-based issues that Oehrlein and Broderius had both spent time on. The dean will be a licensed teacher and will not be a licensed administrator.

While that means additional costs of about $40,000 to 45,000 a year -- and considering that the district previously operated with three full-time administrators that have higher salaries than teachers -- hiring a dean is still a savings to the district, Broderius said.

Having a dean of students will allow Broderius and the new principal time to deal with curriculum, teacher development and other educational issues.

Even if Oehrlein hadn't resigned, Broderius said she had been ready to request a dean of students be hired.

She said Oehrlein will be missed by teachers, students and the community.

"I can't imagine anyone's going to miss him more than me," she said.

Carolyn Lange

A reporter for more than 30 years, Carolyn Lange covers regional news with the West Central Tribune.

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