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Uhren moves from Middle School post to district office

When the opportunity arose, Paul Uhren knew he’d go after it.

 “I’ve wanted to do this for a while,” Uhren said Thursday about his new position as Director of Teaching and Learning in the Ellsworth School District.

The middle school veteran assumed the post last month, moving from the Ellsworth Middle School principal’s office, where he’s been succeeded by Pete Nusbaum. It’s not the first time such an advance has presented itself to him; at Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau, where he was formerly middle school principal, a similar job was created, but the administration there asked him to stay at G-E-T’s middle school at the time.

His new Ellsworth duties reflect a combination of work previously done by other local personnel, Uhren said. Much had been the responsibility of the now-retired Leona Johnson as the district’s curriculum director, but some was “farmed out” to various people once Johnson became Hillcrest Elementary School’s former principal.

The Ellsworth School Board approved the post he now holds in April, after Johnson had returned for an attempt by the administration here to have some of her old job addressed by her on a limited part-time basis. When board members acted on the proposal, they were given information showing the new director is “to lead the educational staff in processes of evaluating, updating and implementing curriculum that promotes the goals of the school district while meeting state and common core standards. The person will also lead and manage the district’s assessment of students while also providing leadership for the evaluation and training of staff.”

The information further stated the person in the position “shall hold an educational administrative license in the State of Wisconsin” and will report to the superintendent.

For more please read the August 7 print version of the Herald. 

Bill Kirk

Bill Kirk was editor of the Pierce County Herald in Ellsworth, from 1988 to February, 2015 and is now on staff as a reporter. He holds a bachelors degree in journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. He previously worked in the media distribution department at the University of Minnesota's Minneapolis campus and is past editor of The Tri-County News in Osseo, Wisconsin.

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