New principal settling into job

Garrett Neese/Daily Mining Gazette Cole Klein, the new principal at Houghton High School, stands outside the school Monday.

HOUGHTON — A couple of weeks into his position as Houghton High School principal, Cole Klein says things are going smoothly.

“I’ve been meeting students, staff and parents as they trickle in from the summer, and everyone’s been positive,” he said. “The administrative staff has been very helpful and supportive in my transition.”

The Houghton-Portage Township Schools Board hired Klein in July. He replaced Patrick Aldrich, who stepped down to take a faculty position at Houghton Middle School.

Klein is a Copper Country native, having graduated from Hancock in 2002.

For the past eight years, he taught at Gordon G. Barkell Elementary School in Hancock. Before that, he taught middle school science and social studies at the Big Bay de Noc School in Delta County.

A principal job has been a goal of Klein, who decided several years ago to pursue a master’s degree in administration.

“I enjoy working with teachers and working with the school to improve the academic climate of the student for the benefit of the students,” he said.

Klein said his biggest priority is establishing relationships with students, staff and parents.

“As a leader within the school, I think those relationships are necessary before implementing any policy changes,” he said.