SJ school district makes Blomgren hire official

By Tony Wittkowski | Business Reporter | The Herald-Palladium

ST. JOSEPH — The decision couldn’t wait another week.

Instead of holding a study session Monday, the board agreed to a special meeting in order to officially welcome Greg Blomgren as the next principal for St. Joseph High School.

Greg Blomgren

Greg Blomgren

Superintendent Ann Cardon introduced Blomgren and touched base on the process that went into her recommendation for the board’s approval. A few board members had already sat in on the interview process, Cardon said.

“He went through a pretty rigorous interview with a pretty large interview panel,” she said. “He impressed everyone with his calm, cool, level-headed knowledge of the district and where he wants to take us.”

Blomgren, 43, previously served as assistant principal and has been with the district since 2010. He was dean of students before being named assistant principal for the 2015-16 school year.

After a unanimous vote by the board, President Amy Porritt-Peirce acknowledged Blomgren and Athletic Director Kevin Guzzo for what they did at the high school while former Principal Kevin Riggs was on administrative leave.

Cardon said Blomgren was one of two internal candidates who interviewed for the job.

Blomgren was also the Bears’ boys basketball coach, which Blomgren said he will miss.

“You see steps and how things are progressing and this was kind of the next step for me,” he said. “The timing of it was a question mark for me. I’ve always been involved with athletics and high school basketball.

“Stepping away from that was a big decision for me, especially because my son is going to be a ninth grader this year,” Blomgren said. “I was looking forward to coaching him at the high school level, so I had some conversations with him and he helped me make a decision.”

Money for meals

Food prices for the 2016-17 school year will increase by 5 cents per meal.

Kathy Hamilton, the district’s chief financial officer, said the prices are regulated because St. Joseph schools take part in the federal food service program.

The new costs will be $2.95 per meal at the high school, $2.90 per meal at Upton Middle School and $2.45 per meal at the elementary schools.

Board Treasurer Chris Cook and Trustee Kerry Wright were absent for Monday’s meeting.

The board’s next meeting is at 6 p.m. on June 13 in the North Lincoln Administration Office at 3275 Lincoln Ave. St. Joseph.

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 June 7, 2016)

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