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School administrative shuffle set
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MONROE - Monroe High School would have two co-principals instead of a principal and assistant principal under a proposal to shift responsibilities among district administrators.

The Monroe school board met in closed session Monday to discuss the reorganization plan. Superintendent Larry Brown released details of the plan Tuesday afternoon after meeting with district staff. The school board is scheduled to vote on the plan in a special meeting at 6:45 p.m. Wednesday.

In a news release, Brown listed the key points of the plan:

• The district will not hire a new associate principal for MHS. Nick Schultek holds the position and said last month he will resign at the end of the school year. He cited personal reasons for leaving the district after just one year on the job.

• Director of Curriculum and Instruction Jennifer Thayer will move to MHS and be co-principal with Mark Burandt, currently head principal at the school. She also will retain leadership of the grades 9-12 curriculum.

• Cory Hirsbrunner, currently principal of Monroe Virtual School and Northside Elementary School, will remain as principal of the online charter school. In addition, she will become director of curriculum and instruction for 4K through eighth grade. Prior to taking on virtual school responsibilities in November 2007, Hirsbrunner was in charge of the 4K program for the district.

• Amy Timmerman will become interim principal at Northside. Timmerman is a school psychologist working at Northside and the middle school. She has her administrator license and is familiar with and works well with Northside staff, Brown said. Her contract will be for one year.

Brown said the reorganization is an effort to use the district's "resources effectively and efficiently. It is also imperative that we continue to focus on our goals to improve instruction and increase student achievement."

For the district, that means "moving some people around," he said. "Jennifer has a passion for high school curriculum. She's the one who started the conversation," Brown said.

District administration have been discussing possibilities for a while, but the plan really took shape over the past few days.

He said it would not mean less responsibility for Thayer; instead, it is "basically a refocusing of her talents and skills."

Brown said the reorganization will not be more costly for the district, but added it's too early to say if the plan will end up saving money. The district is waiting to see what how it may be affected under the governor's budget proposal, he said.

Regardless, Brown said the reorganization is a positive step for the district.

"We're getting the right people in the right places," he said.