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School board picks new assistant principal

Nic Been, new assistant principal at the River Falls High School.

Nic Been, administrator/teacher at St. Croix Central High School, was hired by the school board Monday, May 20, to be the next assistant principal at River Falls High School.

Been teaches math half time at SCCHS while also serving as the district's athletic director for grades 6-12, high school attendance officer, and high school assistant principal with various roles.

The 35-year-old Been replaces Kit Luedtke who will become the next River Falls High School principal. Luedtke succeeds Elaine Baumann who is retiring.

"While I have truly enjoyed my experiences in serving the school district of St. Croix Central the past five years and will miss so many fantastic colleagues, I am excited about this terrific opportunity to become a part of the River Falls Area School District," Been said Tuesday morning.

"There are many different forms of tremendous success displayed by (River Falls) students, and being able to join a great teaching and administrative team which carry out high expectations in all facets of education is a tremendous challenge I look forward to embracing."

Been has local connections:

  • During the 2007-08 school year, he taught math at River Falls High School and was the intern assistant principal.
  • In December 2001, Been graduated from UW-River Falls with a bachelor's in math and health education and an athletics coaching minor. Been was a starting guard for the UWRF Falcons basketball team in the late 1990s.

He graduated from Sauk Prairie High School in May 1996. He taught math at Barron High School and later, in 2010, he got his master's in education with an emphasis on educational leadership from Viterbo University in La Crosse.

Been is a licensed state official and referee in volleyball, basketball, softball and baseball. He's been a dairy farm manager in Spring Green and a community recreation director in Barron.

Annual pay for principals next school year hasn't been set by the school board. Been's position for the current year paid $92,944.

Been's wife Kerrie is a fifth grade middle school teacher in the St. Croix Central School District.

"My wife and I are both very fond of and connected to the community of River Falls since our days of attending UWRF," Been said.

The Beens have a 3-year-old daughter, Kasey, and a 7-month-old son, Daniel.

Nic Been says he enjoys spending time with his family outdoors, working on his parents' farm in Spring Green, and exercising.

Been was selected from among 80 applicants for the RFHS assistant principal position.

Also on Monday night, the school board approved a two-day extension of the school year because of the high number of "snow days" (4) where classes were called off..

The last day of school will now be Monday, June 10. High school seniors, who graduate June 2, aren't affected by the extension.