by Mike Knaak
A new principal has been chosen for Sartell High School. He’s Shayne Kusler, currently principal at Foley High School.
Kusler succeeds Tim Wege, who is serving as interim principal after Sascha Hansen resigned Jan. 3. Kusler will start July 1.
Kusler has served as Foley principal since 2014. Previously, he was an administrative dean and guidance counselor in the Sauk Rapids-Rice school district. Kusler earned his master’s degree in school counseling from St. Cloud State University and his undergraduate degree in psychology from St. John’s University.
“I am excited to join the Sartell-St. Stephen school district. Its deep breadth of programs can help students find their passion so they can move forward in their own definition of excellence,” Kusler wrote in a statement. “My family has attended St. Francis Xavier Church for the last 10 years, so I look forward to getting to know more community members, families, staff and students as the principal of Sartell High School.”
“Shayne’s eight years of experience as a high school principal along with his education and experience as a guidance counselor is what really set him apart from all of our applicants,” Superintendent Jeff Ridlehoover wrote in a statement. “His energy and his reputation as an effective collaborator and communicator will be tremendous assets for Sartell High School.”
Foley High School serves about 600 students in grades nine-12 compared with about 1,300 students at Sartell High School.