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Monroe Legacy

PCM searching for principal at Monroe Elementary

MONROE — The PCM school district is searching for an interim building administrator to replace Monroe Elementary School Principal Ryan Roozeboom.

In a letter sent home with ME parents Dec. 22, district superintendent Brad Jermeland announced Roozeboom had resigned as principal effective immediately due to health concerns.

In a follow-up interview Friday with Monroe Legacy, Jermeland said he’s been filling in and completing the duties of ME principal since the week prior to students leaving for winter break.

He said the district intends to find an interim principal to finish out the 2017-18 school year, but Jermeland said he is capable to taking that roll if an interim cannot be put in place. Jermeland has past experience juggling a duel roll of building principal and district administrator at other school districts.

Meanwhile, PCM staff and school board will begin the search to permanently fill the spot for the 2018-19 school year.

“We want to attract quality candidates to the position,” Jermeland said. “We’ll need time to get them acclimated and get the students ready for the transition.”

In his letter, the PCM superintendent commended ME staff for their efforts following Roozeboom’s resignation.

“Mrs. Van Wyngarden, Mrs. Elrod, associates, cooks, custodians and teachers have been very supportive and helpful during the transition,” Jermeland wrote. “The PCM community is very fortunate to have such a dedicated group of professionals serving the children that attend Monroe Elementary.”

In the last two years, PCM schools have seen quick turn over at the principal position in three out of the four school buildings. Longtime Prairie City Elementary School Principal Mary Poulter retired in May 2015, and her successor, Southeast Polk teacher Luke Vander Sanden, resigned after one school year. He was replaced with former PCM District Curriculum Director Stephanie Ver Helst.

PCM Middle School has also seen several principals since 2015. Southeast Polk Community Schools Instructional Coach Blake Kielman was hired to replace outgoing middle school principal Stephanie Langstraat, who resigned to take become Berg Middle School principal in the Newton CSD. Kielman was quickly succeeded by now-PCM Middle School Principal Ty Weatherman for the 2017-18 school year.

Contact Mike Mendenhall at mmendenhall@monorlegacy.com

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