Wayzata High School Principal Mike Trewick is taking over the helm of Oakwood Elementary, a school still reeling from the unexpected loss of Principal Dennis Grasmick.
Grasmick, affectionately known at Oakwood as Mr. G, committed suicide on March 10. He was 61.
The district had previously announced that Trewick would be transitioning out of his role at the high school. Last year, t he district hired Scott Gengler, formerly principal of Irondale High School, to oversee the construction of the new high school addition and eventually replace Trewick.
In addition to his experience at the high school, Trewick was previously principal at Birchview Elementary and East Middle School during his 19 years in the district. He also served as an elementary principal in another school district prior to the start of his work in Wayzata.
For the remainder of this school year, Trewick will spend time at both Oakwood and the high school. To support his work, Sara Gammack, resource teacher who has been providing temporary support at Oakwood, will be at Oakwood when Trewick is at high school. He will assume full-time principal duties at Oakwood for the 2015-16 school year.
"Mike will provide excellent leadership for Oakwood staff, students and parents," Wayzata Superintendent Chace Anderson wrote in a letter to Oakwood parents. "He is a caring and compassionate principal and is looking forward to working with the Oakwood community."