Seth Meinel greets Lindsey Michels, the new school resource officer, last week Wednesday, while Briony Storz watches.
Seth Meinel greets Lindsey Michels, the new school resource officer, last week Wednesday, while Briony Storz watches.

   In the case of youth versus experience, this time youth gets the nod.

   Monday evening, the Ripon Area School Board unanimously approved Seth Meinel as the new Ripon High School and Lumen Charter High School principal. 

   He replaces Dan Tjernagel, who resigned in June to become superintendent of the Sturgeon Bay School District.

   Meinel was one of two finalists who met with the board and held a community meet-and-greet last week Wednesday.

   Meinel graduated from Lawrence University eight years ago, and is the assistant principal of Portage High School and principal of the Portage Academy of Achievement.

   “A graduate of Lawrence University, Mr. Meinel played two years of college football before becoming a high school football coach,” a district press release reads. “Subsequently, he received his master’s degree in educational leadership from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

   “As the Portage High School assistant principal, Mr. Meinel’s responsibilities included developing curriculum, co-directing career and technical education, evaluating staff using the CESA 6 model and providing discipline and attendance support. He worked with teachers to create learning labs and modify courses to personalize instruction for students needing academic assistance.”

   Originally from Green Bay, Meinel edged out the second of two finalists, William Greymont, associate principal of Beaver Dam High School.

Read the full story in the July 31, 2014 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.