East Elementary School’s new principal will be coming from less than 2 miles away in Baraboo.
Bryan Ashbeck currently serves as a digital literacy coach at Jack Young Middle School, but by this fall he’ll take up the mantle vacated by East Principal Molly Fitzgerald.
After almost three decades with the Baraboo School District, Fitzgerald decided to retire at the end of her contract this year to work in education in China.
Out of the 53 candidates who applied for her position, eight were interviewed by a 13-member interview team including Baraboo District Administrator Lori Mueller, school board member Doug Mering and Fitzgerald, according to the recommendation included in the April 8 school board packet.
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“There were many — many good candidates, but Bryan was certainly very impressive, and I think Bryan will lead that school to great heights,” Mering said before the board voted unanimously to approve Ashbeck’s hiring.
According to the recommendation, Ashbeck taught for four years at Gordon L. Willson Elementary School and three years in various subjects at the middle school. He received a bachelor’s degree in 2011 and a Master of Arts in education in 2014, and he holds additional administration licenses.
In other action April 8, the Baraboo School Board:
- Approved hiring Amy Workman as a Baraboo High School science teacher, Lindsey Freeman as a West Kindergarten Center teacher and more than 20 instructors to fill 2019 Summer Academy positions.
- Received a public comment from Marc Londo, who donated the first and second volumes of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s “Encyclopedia of Camps and Ghettos, 1933–1945” for use at Baraboo High School.
- Accepted resignations from Baraboo High School science teacher Michelle Bartman and Al Behrman Elementary School third-grade teacher Morgan Liebtrau.
- Authorized job postings for an elementary literacy coach and a middle school computer science teacher.
- Met in closed session to discuss teacher employment and non-renewal of contracts. No action was taken, according to Administrative Assistant Ellen Weiland.