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Luedtke recommended as new RFHS principal

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An ad-hoc hiring committee, chaired by Superintendent Tom Westerhaus, has picked Kit Luedtke to be River Falls High School principal starting July 1. Current Principal Elaine Baumann is retiring.

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Luedtke is the current high school assistant principal of academics. His recommendation must be voted on April 8 by the school board's Personnel Committee and by the full school board April 15.

The high school principal's opening drew 36 applicants. The hiring committee deliberated for 2 ½ months.

Westerhaus said Luedtke's selection was unanimous.

"Kit is both a compassionate and a passionate administrator," Westerhaus said. "He's committed, and has said that he wants to make River Falls High School the best it can be -- and, be the best in Wisconsin."

Luedtke, who will turn 37 in May, said:

"My family and I are extremely grateful to be named the incoming principal of River Falls High School.

"I am excited to serve in a new capacity with a dedicated staff, respectful students, supportive parents, and passionate community members.

"River Falls is a great place to live and work, and our family is looking forward to being actively involved in a community that values education for all students."

Kit Luedtke is married to Jenny Luedtke, a sixth grade social studies teacher at Meyer Middle School.

Kit grew up in a small suburban community 30 minutes north of Milwaukee called Slinger. The school district there has a similar enrollment to River Falls and is a bedroom community to the Milwaukee metro area.

More on this story can be found in the March 21 print edition of the River Falls Journal.

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Phil Pfuehler
Phil Pfuehler has been editor of the River Falls Journal since 1991.
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