New Buffalo High School alumni has been named as the brand-new New Buffalo Elementary School principal.
At the New Buffalo Area Schools Board of Education meeting Monday, May 8, Board members approved the recommendation from Superintendent Dr. Jeffrey Leslie and interview committees that Adam Bowen be the new principal effective July 1. He would be taking the place of current principal Dave Kelly, who will be assuming the position as the school district’s new curriculum coordinator beginning next school year.
Bowen is a 2000 graduate of New Buffalo High School. After high school, he graduated from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan, with a degree in Elementary Education as well as a Master’s in Administration. Bowen taught in South Bend, Indiana, in a special education classroom for fifth and sixth graders for one year before coming to New Buffalo Elementary School. There, he taught third grade for four years and first grade for five years. He then became the school’s Title One Coordinator, a position which he has held for the past two years.
At last month’s meeting, Leslie said that they had 49 applicants for the job, and that he hoped to come to the Board with a formal recommendation by their next meeting.
“I’m very excited to make this recommendation,” he said.
Those who attended the meeting reacted positively to the news, and applauded soon after the Board’s approval. Board members were also enthusiastic, and Board Treasurer Pano Arvanitis said that they “expected great things” from Bowen.
“That’s all you’re going to get,” said Bowen.
Also at the meeting, Board members approved Trustee Frank Magro as the new Board Vice President. Magro will be taking over for former Vice President Lee Artz, who resigned from the Board at last month’s meeting after 12 years.
Board members adopted the resolution for the 2017-2018 Proposed Berrien Regional Education Service Agency’s General Fund Operating Budget.
Board members approved a recommendation from Leslie and Special Education Coordinator Wayne Butler to appoint Martina Ciccarelli and Donna Messinger to the Berrien Regional Education Service Agency Parent Advisory Committee for a two-year term, from Aug. 31, 2017 through Aug. 31, 2019. As explained by Leslie, each district has two representatives that serve on the advisory committee. Both Ciccarelli and Messinger, he said, were “excited about being selected.”
In other school district news, Leslie said that New Buffalo Middle School eighth grade students had just returned from a trip to Washington, D.C., and that it was reported that they had a “great time.” He added that they were reaching the final home stretch with regards to the end of the 2016-2017 school year, and that the New Buffalo High School graduation is scheduled to take place at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, June 4.