Doig, Eich to leave district

Now that the New Prague Area Schools have named a new superintendent, the district will now need to fill three key administrative posts for the 2013-14 school year.

Middle School Principal Tim Dittberner is taking over as superintendent on July 1, so not only does the district need to find a replacement for him, but Community Services Director Amy Eich has accepted a job with the Rochester School District and High School Principal Tom Doig will take a fiveyear leave of absence from the district, in what amounts to an early retirement.

Dittberner said the district has already posted Eich’s position, and will be posting the other two openings in the near future.

“We need to see exactly where we’re going with these positions and what we are looking for,” he said.

Current superintendent Larry Kauzlarich told members of the school board at their April 8 meeting that Dittberner would lead the search and make the final decisions on the hiring. “He’s the one who will be working with them,” Kauzlarich said.

Dittberner said he would expect the positions to be filled sometime in May, if not sooner, and that they would likely consider some internal candidates.

Eich will leave her position in mid-May. Doig will leave on June 30.

Tough decision Doig said it was a tough decision to step down as principal.

“This is a good place,” he said. “I feel fortunate to have been able to work here. It’s a great place to work and a great community to live in.”

One of the reasons for the move was to be with his wife Mary. Two years ago she took a job in northern Wisconsin and has been living in the family’s summer cabin.

“It’s a scary decision,” Doig said. “But I wanted to leave on good terms. I think I’m doing that. I believe New Prague High School is a better school now than when I got here.”

Doig has been high school principal for 10 years. He also served as interim superintendent for two months in 2011, after Craig Menozzi left the district.

“I’ve been fortunate enough to work with great teachers and support staff, school board and community members. They have made it all worthwhile. I also have to say that we have great kids in New Prague. We’ve got a good thing here.”

Eich moves on Eich will be leaving for her new position as executivedirector of Rochester Community Education after six years as Director of Community Services.

“It’s been a terrific experience. Collaboration here is beyond compare. Working with the library, Arts Council, the cities and chambers… Everyone is commmitted to working together for the good of the community.“

She said she is excited about moving on to the larger district in Rochester and the opportunity to take her skills to the next step. She will be leaving New Prague in mid-May.

Early retirements Also at Monday’s board meeting, the district approved earliy retirements for six teachers under a one-time early incentive package. Those six are Addie Thietje, Dan Puls, Rita Sapp, Pete Kallal, Mark Shaughnessy and Terry Bissell.