Marsha Chartrand

New High School principal and dean of 7th & 8th grade students hired

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Interim Superintendent, Brad Hamilton announced last week that following a targeted search, a new principal has been selected for grades 7-12 at Manchester Middle and High School, pending contract acceptance and formal board approval. “Mr. Eric McCalla has been the Assistant High School principal and Athletic Director for Grass Lake Community Schools for the past 10-plus years,” he said. “Manchester is very excited that Mr. McCalla has agreed to join our team!”

In a message to families posted on the District’s website, Hamilton stated, “We are not going to downplay the significance of the situation or try to convince you that everything will go on without missing a beat. A new high school principal coupled with an interim superintendent is not ideal. What I can assure is that we are on top of the situation and it is a priority. I can also assure you that our teachers are the foundation of a great district and a great building and they will step up in the short term.” The present principal, Dr. Kevin Mowrer, who will be present for the start of school, will help with the transition.

The Manchester High School sign is welcoming the high school and 7th & 8th grade middle school students back to school this year.

Complicating this administrative change is the moving of the 7th and 8th graders to the High School building this year. As a result, in addition to the principal position, a new part time position, Dean of 7th and 8th grade students has been created and filled. Hamilton elaborated, “We have also hired Mr. Gary Puhl III as our Special Education Supervisor and Dean of 7-8th grade students. This will give us a consistent administrative presence dedicated to our 7-8 students and staff.” Puhl had been working as a special education teacher in Dexter Community Schools.

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