April 14, 2011

Former SCR-I Teacher, Coach to Return as High School Principal

A former Scotland County R-I instructor and coach will be returning to the district as the new high school principal. On April 7th, the SCR-I Board of Education unanimously approved a two-year contract offer to Ryan Bergeson as the new high school principal.

SCR--I Superintendent Dave Shalley indicated the district reviewed 21 applicants, undertaking eight initial interviews before narrowing the field down to three finalists who met with the board of education at the April 7th meeting. Bergeson emerged as the board's top choice.

The former Tigers basketball coach had been a finalist for the position two years earlier. He currently serves as the elementary school principal at Running Fox school in the Clark County R-I school district.

"That probably worked out the best for me," Bergeson said. "I gained a lot of valuable experience here, and while it will be a totally different animal moving from elementary to high school, I feel like I'm better prepared now."

Bergeson is a graduate of Buena Vista University with a bachelor's degree in elementary education. He earned his master's degree in 2008 including his K-12 administrative certification in 2008 and recently finished his specialist degree that qualifies him as a superintendent.

The new high school principal spent his first four years in education as an elementary instructor at SCR-I. He taught fifth and sixth grade from 2004-2008 and also served as the varsity basketball coach.

"Unless they went to a different school or moved in after I left, I will have had every one of the kids entering ninth through twelfth grade in class back in elementary school," said Bergeson. "That should help me out a little, as most of the kids will already know me."

He was hired in 2008 by the Clark County R-I School District as the assistant elementary school principal for the district's two elementary schools. The following year he was named the principal at Running Fox Elementary School, his current position. He will complete that contract at the end of June and officially take over at SCR-I High School in July.

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