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Vortherms named new Prescott High School principal

PRESCOTT--Prescott High School students will be greeted by a new principal next fall--and a familiar face.

At the May regular meeting, the Prescott School Board accepted the recommendation by Superintendent Roger Hulne to appoint Dave Vortherms to the position recently vacated by Dave Bunn.

According to Hulne, "His progressive professional growth and deep knowledge about the Prescott High School management were positive attributes in the selection process."

Hulne added there were many qualified candidates. After a selection process including input from staff and community members, Hulne provided a confident recommendation to the school board.

Vortherms has been a strong presence in the Prescott High School and is entering his 28th year of service to the district. He started his career in Prescott and was a full-time business teacher for 18 years. The next four-and-a-half years, he served as half-time business teacher and half-time athletic director. The next five years, he was half-time athletic director and half-time dean of students.

During this past school year, Vortherms was the athletic director/vice principal. Over the years, he has also coached track, cross country, and football, and also was advisor for student council.

Graduating from Mankato (Minn.) State University with a business degree, Vortherms intended to spend a few years teaching before moving into the business world. But his love of education and his desire to continue working with kids kept him in the education field. He returned to school, earning a Master's degree in education from St. Mary's. He received his administration license five years ago.

According to Vortherms, Mr. Shaw, a former high school principal, first influenced him to consider administration.

"My goal was to always stay involved with the kids. Being seen in the hallways, at sporting events, music performances and other events means a lot to students. The best part of my job is getting to know the students."

Vortherms also looks forward to the new challenges in the principal position.

"As principal, I will be much more involved in processes such as Response to Intervention (RTI), and curriculum changes. I will also have the opportunity to continue and expand the efforts we have started in technology and aligning curriculum to core standards."

Vortherms feels his business background will be an asset in management issues, such as budgeting and planning.

Vortherms is married and has two grown daughters. His wife is a preschool teacher's aide. His oldest daughter is graduating from college with an elementary education degree and his youngest daughter is a sophomore at Hastings (Minn.) High School.

Any questions or comments about the process can be directed to Hulne at the district office.