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District welcomes new high school principal
Rick Waski New principal
MONROE - Rick Waski, Monroe High School's new principal, wants to be someone who can inspire his staff.

He always aspired to being an administrator, he said. It can be a rewarding career, and allows him to work with teachers and students.

"You get to be a coach and motivate," he said. "You get to motivate the staff."

Waski, who was principal at Marshall High School for the past three years, started his role with the district July 1. He was hired in April to replace principal Mark Burandt, who announced his resignation in February.

Waski and his wife, Andrea, and their two children, Clayton, 5, and Morgan, 4, have been made to feel welcomed in their new hometown.

"The responses from the staff and the community has been positive," he said. "The people in Monroe have reached out to us and helped make the transition easier."

Waski said he likes the fact that Monroe has many things to offer his family. There are plenty of youth programs and community groups, he said.

"My wife and I see that this is a community we want to raise a family in," he said.

Monroe is a "prefect-sized" school district for Waski, he said.

"It's small enough to still keep in touch with the district (administration) but large enough to have some autonomy at the building level."

Education played a big role in his life. His dad is a retired teacher.

"I couldn't imagine doing anything else," he said.

Before he became principal at Marshall, he was an assistant principal at Northland Pines High School in Eagle River, and was also a teacher for 10 years in the Seymour and Hayward school districts.

Waski is looking forward to the start of the school year, the chance to work more closely with the teachers and the opportunity to meet the students.

"Sept. 1 is the first day of school," he said. "We want to promote a positive climate to start off the year."