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Interim principal named at Hancock High School

Graham Jaehnig/Daily Mining Gazette— Steve Aho (left) was approved for the position of Middle School Leader-Interim/Middle School Special Education Teacher by the Hancock School Board, while Chris Salani (right) was named interim high school principal at Monday’s board meeting.

HANCOCK — The school board approved the title change for Chris Salani from Assistant Administrator/Director of Athletics to High School Principal-Interim/Director of Athletics at Monday’s regular meeting. Salani was recommended to the position by the new superintendent, Steve Patchin, following the June 17 resignation of former principal Ezekiel Ohan, whose resignation was effective as of July 1.

The board aslo approved Patchin’s recommendation to hire Steve Aho, Middle School Leader-Interim/Middle School Special Education Teacher. Patchin said he, Salani, and Aho are scheduled to receive certification training together.

“The state requires us to take a series of courses on leadership, both administrative, and with people,” Patchin explained,“and so we’ll be taking those, which are held out of the Dickinson County Intermediate School District.”

Patchin said there will five training sessions throughout this year, then again through next year.

“It’s going to be very unique for us,” said Patchin, “because the three of us will be going through it together, so a lot of what we’ll be learning about are things we’ll implementing immediately as a team. So, I’m very excited about our leadership team training.”

Patchin said he excited about the coming school year, because of the relationships growing among the staff.

“The kind of thing that we’re starting to build with all of our teachers, based on teacher feedback, community feedback — it’s going to take all of us to be on the same page.”

He said that Elementary School Principal Dan Vaara is equally valuable, because of his ability to cover positions at the high school and middle school during the training sessions.

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