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Familiar faces

At the beginning of the school year, some administrators were shuffled between buildings while others were added to the ranks
Mackenzie Sroka
Senior dean Jordan Deener works at his desk in the main office after a year at the Freshman Campus. Deener is one of several administrators who changed positions at the beginning of the school year.

As of the new school year‭, ‬there have been some changes in the administrative staff‭. ‬These changes are believed to be leaving positive impacts on the student and staff atmosphere so far‭, ‬as they were intended‭. ‬

For example‭, ‬Dr‭. ‬Jeff Prickett is now the principal only at Upper Campus‭, ‬and Gregory Eiserman is principal of Freshman Campus‭. ‬

Kyle Hobson is the Associate Principal of Building Operations at Upper Campus‭, ‬and Jordan Deener is now Senior Dean‭. ‬Terry Fitzgibbons is associate principal at Freshman Campus

Prickett said‭, ‬“There has been some movement on the administrative side of things here in the district due simply to wanting to ensure we have the right people in the right places‭, ‬but also because it was very challenging to meet the needs of all of our people‭ – ‬staff‭, ‬students‭, ‬parents‭.‬”

The goals of these changes are meant to help students and staff‭. ‬

“These changes will bring about more efficiency in terms of responding to people’s needs‭, ‬and a stronger sense of community‭,‬”‭ ‬Prickett adds‭. ‬

In addition to simple movement of staff between campuses‭, ‬there have been new faces welcomed to administration and staff this year‭.‬

Junior Dean‭, ‬Jeffrey Schroeder‭, ‬is one of the new faces of MCHS’s administrative staff‭. ‬

“My experience at UC has been great‭,‬”‭ ‬states Schroeder‭. ‬“The staff and students have been very welcoming‭.‬”

In addition to being a dean and head football coach‭, ‬Schroeder was in a full time classroom for PE and health for 12‭ ‬years‭. ‬This‭ ‬is his 16th year as a Dean‭, ‬and he has been in education for a total of 28‭ ‬years‭.‬

“I took the job initially as our head football coach‭,‬”‭ ‬says Schroeder‭, ‬“then the Dean’s position came open‭. ‬I felt it was a natural fit to work where I coach and get an opportunity to learn more about our kids not‭ ‬only in the program but in the school as a whole‭.‬”‭ ‬

In regards to changes in general‭, ‬Deener has returned to Upper Campus as Senior Dean after being the Freshman Dean‭. ‬

“It has been great coming back to the UC‭,‬”‭ ‬said Deener‭. ‬“I really enjoy working with seniors and look forward to seeing them grow as they progress through their last year of high school‭.‬”

There have been multiple positive changes that Deener speaks about regarding the atmosphere of MCHS this year‭. ‬

“The school culture at the Upper Campus is always improving as our campus structure has changed‭,‬”‭ ‬he states‭.  ‬“I feel many students are proud to be at MCHS and enjoy being here‭. ‬Class cuts are down from the past and students seem to be reaching expectations from teachers and administrative staff‭. ‬I look forward to a terrific school year‭.‬”‭ ‬

Staff movement as of this year is already bringing on the positive changes administrators have expected‭. ‬

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