Blomgren accepts offer to be next SJHS principal

By Tony Wittkowski | Business Reporter | The Herald-Palladium

ST. JOSEPH — Greg Blomgren accepted an offer to become the next St. Joseph High School principal.

Superintendent Ann Cardon stated in a Friday news release that Blomgren made a good impression on school officials who interviewed him for the job.

Greg Blomgren

Greg Blomgren

“Greg impressed the 11-member panel during his interview with his knowledge of current initiatives and sharing his thoughts on leading us forward,” Cardon said in the release. “He also exhibited a strong commitment to our district and confidence in his ability to be a great leader.”

While the hiring is not yet official, Cardon will make the formal recommendation to the Board of Education at the June 13 meeting. Cardon said Blomgren was one of two internal candidates who interviewed for the job.

Blomgren expressed his excitement in Friday’s release.

“I’m looking forward to working with the students, staff, parents and community as the principal of St. Joseph High School,” he said. “We have a great community and great schools, and I am excited and honored to have this opportunity.”

Blomgren previously served as assistant principal and has been with the district since 2010. He was the Dean of Students before being named assistant principal for the 2015-16 school year. Blomgren was running the school’s operations in conjunction with Athletic Director Kevin Guzzo after former Principal Kevin Riggs resigned at the end of April.

Prior to his resignation, Riggs was first placed on paid administrative leave in February.

While no clear reason was made public, school officials said Riggs was tending “to personal issues.” No disciplinary action was taken during Riggs’ two-month absence, as Cardon said no student was involved.

Riggs’ resignation becomes effective June 30. Until then, he will remain out of school through the remainder of the school year by using the balance of his sick, vacation and personal days.

Contact Tony Wittkowski at twittkowski@TheHP.com or (269) 932-0358. Follow him on Twitter: @tonywittkowski.

(Author’s Note: This article was originally published on May 28, 2016)

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