Siren School Picks New Principal

Friday, April 15th, 2011 at 6:58 am

Siren Schools have named a new principal. The Burnett county Sentinel reports that Peggy Ryan will assume her duties on July 1, as the Siren School Board offered her the position following two rounds of interviews.

Ryan will serve as the 2011-12 Pre-Kindergarten-12 grade principal, as the paper reports she has verbally accepted the job offer. Ryan is replace two men who used to serve in this same capacity because the school district is switching from two principals to one.

District administrator Scott Johnson told the paper that his “goal is to have this transition be as seamless as possible,” in speaking of the switch from two principals to one. “She won’t be able to be as on-hands as Joe and Jason (current principals Joe Zirngibl and Jason Wilhelm) were and will have to delegate more.”

Apparently Ryan has previously served as a secondary principal and athletic director in two different school districts, and before she moved into administration, she spent several years teaching in the classroom as well. The Sentinel also reports that Ryan has other experience including working with curriculum, technology, forensics, and directing theatrical performances.

In addition, Johnson told the paper that Ryan is well-versed in the current state-wide budget situation and is familiar with budget details regarding the Siren district.

Almost 40 applicants applied for the job.

Johnson said Ryan will meet with the personnel and negotiations committee to finalize the details of her contract in terms of salary and benefits later this month.

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