New school administrators hired
The Prior Lake-Savage district will have new administrators at several schools in the fall.
Kevin Schuttinger was named assistant principal at Prior Lake High School. He will take over for John Bennett, who is retiring at the end of the year. Schuttinger is currently the dean of students at Minnetonka High School. Before becoming an administrator, he was a language arts teacher at Minnetonka. He has also taught abroad and served in the United States Peace Corps. He starts on July 1.
Katie Mahoney has accepted the principal position at WestWood Elementary and SAGE Academy in Prior Lake. On July 1, she will succeed Pam Winfield, who is retiring. Mahoney is currently the assistant principal at an elementary school in Brooklyn Center. She has also taught in Edina.
High school addition will break ground
A groundbreaking ceremony to celebrate the start of construction at Burnsville High School will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday on the west side of the school. The event will include brief remarks and a summary of the construction project. Student musicians will play at the groundbreaking.
The addition will allow ninth-graders to attend the high school, along with grades 10-12. Freshmen will start at the high school in 2016.
Burlager wins finance award
Mike Burlager, the Shakopee district’s finance director, has received the Outstanding Lifetime Contribution Award from the Minnesota Association of School Business Officials (MSBO). He is the first-ever recipient of this award.
Burlager has spent 30 years working at public schools and 14 in Shakopee, guiding the district in building three elementary schools, the high school, a pool and the kindergarten additions at the elementary schools. He has also helped bring the district’s fund balance from just over 1 percent when he started in 2001 to more than 10 percent in 2015.
He has served on the board and as president of MSBO. He sits on the legislative committee and was chair of the committee last year.
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Simley High wins state bowling title
The Simley High School adapted bowling team won its third consecutive state championship this month. The bowlers competed against Alexandria, St. Paul Humboldt and Minneapolis South. They ended up in first place by nearly 100 points.
Emily Rettinger took first place, making her the girls state champion, and the duo of Dallas Filek and Thomas Juneau placed first in doubles.
Paul Stokke placed sixth in the boys division and the team of Kyle Laundry and Michael Taylor took fourth place in doubles.
The Minnesota State High School League team begins practice in the spring, with the state championship in May. The team is coached by Randy and Renita Jones.