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MMS gets new principal
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MONROE - After a closed session meeting Monday, the Monroe school board voted unanimously to hire Brian Boehm as the next principal at Monroe Middle School.

Boehm has served as an associate principal at Verona High School for 10 years. Before that, he worked in the Belleville School District.

Monroe School District Superintendent Cory Hirsbrunner shared why the district's 12-member advisory committee, including administration, parents, teachers, support staff and a student, believe Boehm is the best fit.

"It's his ability to connect with kids and staff," Hirsbrunner said. "He knows and understands curriculum. Brian comes with 10 years of experience. He has handled discipline as an associate principal. Based on the information we have gathered, we feel like he will definitely provide a wealth of knowledge, expertise and ability to provide a collaborative working environment and positive working relationship with students and staff."

After interviews, a writing sample, a performance presentation and extensive background check, the board agreed to hire Boehm, voting 8-0.

Since Verona doesn't have school the Monday after Easter, Boehm is planning on visiting the middle school to meet with MMS Principal Lynne Wheeler so they can begin a transition plan. He plans to start meeting staff at the middle school this spring. Wheeler is retiring at the end of the school year. Boehm's first official day in Monroe will be July 1.

There will be two new administrators at the middle school next year. In addition to Boehm, the district will have a new associate principal. The middle school has used four different people in a dean of students position after they agreed to cut the associate principal position last year following the failure of an $8 million non-recurring referendum in 2011. The board in March agreed to bring back the associate principal position for 2014-15.

"The transition to the middle school will start this spring," Hirsbrunner said. "There is a lot to learn. Any time he can be here before July is a bonus."