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Weisert-Peatow starts as elementary principal

Heidi Weisert-Peatow officially started as principal of St. Croix Central Elementary on July 1.

Heidi Weisert-Peatow officially began her duties as principal of St. Croix Central Elementary School on July 1, working from a temporary office in the high school building. She is located in the high school while fire reconstruction is being completed at the elementary school.

Due to the extent of the damage caused by the April 30 fire at SCC Elementary, the principal's office is being almost completely rebuilt. But while she can't occupy the space, Weisert-Peatow said she did get some input as to how it will look when it's complete.

"(Former District) Superintendent (David) Bradley was very good about including me early on," Weisert-Peatow said. "We've been working with the architects and I've been able to add my ideas for renovations that I think will help strengthen our ability to deliver instruction appropriately and also to meet your safety and security needs."

So far, Weisert-Peatow has spent a lot of her time working with the other administrators in the district, as well as the elementary secretaries, getting to know how the district operates and how the typical day-to-day routines of the elementary school.

Once school starts, Weisert-Peatow said she and the other elementary staff members plan to work hard on the state-required "Response to Intervention" approach of making sure students are getting the most of their education.

Weisert-Peatow said she is looking forward to helping the SCC Elementary staff get back into a regular routine and making sure that the instructional needs of the students are adequately addressed.

"I'm very thankful that I'm here," Weisert-Peatow said, " and I got moved safely. I'm in a great place and I just so appreciate the opportunity to be able to bring my experience and my enthusiasm for the job."

Weisert-Peatow comes to SCC after five years as an elementary principal in Richland, Wash. She has been in principal and assistant principal roles in Washington since receiving her doctorate in Education Leadership and Administration at Seattle University in 2002.

Jeff Holmquist
Jeff Holmquist has been managing editor of the New Richmond News since 2004. He holds a bachelor's degree in journalism and business administration from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. He has previously worked as editor in Wadena, Minn.; Detroit Lakes, Minn.; Hutchinson, Minn.; and Bloomington, Minn. He also was previously owner of the Osceola Sun, Stillwater Courier and Scandia Messenger along with his wife. Together they previously founded and published The Old Times newspaper for antiques and collectibles collectors; and Up!, a Christian magazine of hope and encouragement.
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