By Daniel E. McGonigle
The Caledonia Argus
New high school principal Nathan Boler is steadily preparing for the first day of school.
When we chatted with him last week before the students returned, the new leader felt confident things were in place for the 2019-2020 school year.
Boler has hired one new educator as the others were brought on board by former principal Mary Morem.
Much of his time has been spent getting settled, but now that he is, he’s ready to roll up his sleeves and get to work.
“It took longer than we’d hoped as we had a hard time finding a place to rent,” Boler said. “The usual transition, selling a house, finding a place. Now that we’re settled I’m excited to dive in.”
Boler said that he’s spent much time with staff, learning ‘why and how’ things are done in Caledonia.
“We have a close knit community and my wife and I are excited to be a part of,” he said. “I grew up in a close knit community like Caledonia and that’s the type of community we wanted to be in.”
Year one goals
“My goal in year one is to understand as much as I can about how the district works,” Boler said. “We want to look at ways to always be improving to provide students with the best education possible.”
Boler said his number one priority is student safety. Priority number two is providing students with the best education they can receive.
“My job is to lead the district, but I don’t believe leadership is always a top down approach,” he said. “I want to empower my staff and the students and their families to help make this the best school possible.”
Boler has spent some of his time welcoming new families to the district in addition to meetings which are meant to help bring him up to speed as soon as possible.
Boler said enrollment is up “slightly” but realizes that is always subject to change as families move in and move out.
By the time you read these words, students will have begun their school year with a new principal in Boler.
“I think the biggest thing is just getting to know the students and helping them achieve their goals,” Boler said of how he’ll spend his time in those early days as students return. “I’ve been overwhelmed with how supportive everyone has been. I’m excited for this opportunity and want to make this the best school and community and to continue to provide the kids with the best education possible.”