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July 7, 2005

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LA CROSSE, Wis -- Longtime area principal and teacher Jim Bagniewski has been named the director of the Educational Leadership program at Viterbo University.

Over 250 teachers from Iowa and Wisconsin are enrolled in the program which leads to licensure as a principal.
Bagniewski recently retired from the La Crosse area school system. Most recently he was assistant principal at Lincoln Middle School. He served for seven years as assistant principal at Central High School and seven as principal at Hamilton Elementary School.
“Jim has considerable experience at both the high school and elementary school level. This is an unusual combination which will allow him to relate to principal aspirants in both settings,” said Shirley Frick, assistant dean of graduate studies.

“He is also well respected in the community and we are looking forward the skills he will bring in preparing principals for the challenges they will encounter in today's schools,” Frick added.

Editor's note: a number of principals will be on campus the week of July 11 to present their final research papers. If you interested in attending, the following are two possibilities:

Monday, July 11, 10-11 a.m., Murphy Center 429. John Schultz, Characteristics of an Effective Leader;  Karl Stoher, Role of the Principal in Establishing a Positive School Climate;  Brenda Parmenter, Comparison of High School Student Perceptions.

Tuesday, July 12, 8:40 a.m., Murphy Center 429. Kay Berra, View of Stakeholders with Regard to the Primary role of the Elementary School Principal; Anthony DePaolo, Relationship Between Student Assessment and Academic Achievement; Aimee Klemes, Gender Differences in Leadership Styles.

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