Who is the next principal at RHS?

Youth or experience.

That will be among the decisions the Ripon Area School District must make this week as it chooses its next principal for Ripon High School.

The district has narrowed its field of candidates to two: Seth Meinel, assistant principal at Portage High School and principal of the charter school, Portage Academy; and William Greymont, associate principal of Beaver Dam High School.

Greymont has been associate principal for five years, and had a 20-year career in the Army National Guard, rising to the rank of major.

“A proud Eagle Scout and swimming coach, Mr. Greymont is respected for his work ethic, integrity and ability to work with others,” Superintendent Mary Whitrock said via a press release announcing the finalists.

Meinel, meanwhile, has been an administrator for the Portage School District for the past three years, rising to that position despite having graduated from Lawrence University just eight years ago.

“He is highly regarded as a great communicator, a quick learner and a person with integrity,” Whitrock said.

The finalists were chosen after the Ripon Area School District twice posted for candidates this summer, eventually narrowing the pool to five, who were interviewed.

The five, in addition to Grey mont and Meinel, were C. Robert Becker, principal at Waupaca High School; Dennis Kaczor, principal and athletic director at Hilbert High School; and Jeff Sauer, principal for the Northern Ozaukee School District.

“The Ripon Area School District attracted high quality candidates through our recruiting process,” Superintendent Mary Whitrock said via a press release. “The selection committee was impressed with all five of the candidates interviewed.

“The two finalists have reputations as outstanding educators and are prepared to lead Ripon High School and Lumen Charter High School to even greater success.”

Meinel and Greymont will be given an opportunity to meet with community members today (Wednesday) during back-to-back meet-and-greet sessions this afternoon.

Full coverage of those sessions will be available in next week’s Commonwealth.

A decision is expected to be made on who the next principal will be during a special board meeting Monday, July 28.

Read the full story, including interviews of each candidate, in the July 24, 2014 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.

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