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Published July 23, 2012, 09:22 PM

Principal Swaps For GF Schools

Some changes have been made for the upcoming school year in the Grand Forks district. A handful of principals will be switching to different schools --and the district will be welcoming some newcomers as well.

GRAND FORKS, ND (WDAZ-TV) - Some changes have been made for the upcoming school year in the Grand Forks district.

A handful of principals will be switching to different schools --and the district will be welcoming some newcomers as well.

7 principals have new assignments. These are all principals who've served at their current school for multiple years.

But as some may be sad to see them move on, school officials say this can only make the district stronger as a whole.

There are 18 schools across the district, and almost half will see new faces come fall. Superintendent of schools, Dr. Nybladh says this doesn't happen every year.

"In our district it's about a cycle of every 5 to 7 years you see a cycle of this where there's kind of a chain reaction of vacancy occurring," said Superintendent of Grand Forks Schools, Dr. Larry P. Nybladh.

Officials say the 5 principals switching have been at their current school for almost a decade, and after so many years, most are ready for something new.

"They're looking forward to a new challenge, I think that's what education is all about, looking forward to the next phase," said Assistant Superintendent of Grand Forks Schools, Jody Thompson.

But that doesn't mean parents and students aren't upset to see them go.

"I suppose there's always some tears shed when you lose a principal you've always known for staff and for students," said Dr. Nybladh.

Lake Agassiz, Viking, Phoenix, Valley Middle, Twining, Wilder and Winship, and Shroeder will all have new leaders.

And officials say it's a chance for not only the principals to freshen their careers but also a chance to impact a new school.

"They do see the opportunity for growth to try things differently and learn a different system," said Dr. Nybladh.

"We all have district initiatives that we want principals working on but principals have different leadership styles so it's always good for a staff to get exposed to a new leadership style and a new way to get to our district initiatives," said Thompson.

And with a new south end school on the horizon, don't expect change to stop this year.

"I suspect that may create some chain reaction as well," said Nybladh.

The two new principals entering the district will be assigned to Winship/Wilder and Schroeder Middle School.

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