The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

Breaking News


June 9, 2014

UPDATED: School board names new Clinton High principal

JohnRyan "JR" Kuch gets unanimous nod from the board

CLINTON — Departing Clinton High principal Karinne Tharaldson Jones now has a successor.

The Clinton School board on Monday unanimously approved current CHS associate principal JohnRyan (“JR”) Kuch as the new high school principal during its regular meeting. Kuch, 31, was in attendance with his wife, Abbey Nagle-Kuch. While the two live in DeWitt at the moment, they plan to make Clinton their home in the future.

“I would just like to say thank you very much for the opportunity to lead the high school,” Kuch said prior to the board’s vote. He was hired two years ago by Tharaldson Jones and said he appreciates the environment. “We really do have the best staff and the best students, and I couldn’t have walked into a better situation.

“Clinton High is in good hands. I’ve got a great team behind me.”

VIDEO: Kuch on why he wanted to be principal

Tharaldson Jones’ contract officially expires at the end of the month.

Kuch grew up mostly through the North Scott School District in Eldridge, briefly moving to Muscatine before returning to graduate at NS High. He then attended St. Ambrose University, where he obtained a bachelor’s degree in elementary education in 2005.

His first two jobs were at elementary schools. After teaching fifth grade and coaching basketball at North Scott, Kuch said he felt it was time for a change.

“I kind of realized I wanted to do something different,” Kuch said. “I felt I had a bigger calling.”

Kuch returned to SAU and obtained a master’s degree in education administration as well as an MA in reading and literacy from Warren University. By the time he arrived in the Clinton School District, he reflected thankfully that Tharaldson Jones was able to see past a career spent mostly in elementary classrooms.

Text Only
  • District tries to attract prison workers FULTON, Ill. — While the renovation process at the Thomson, Illinois, Correctional Center has yet to begin, a few high-level management positions have already been filled.Filling those positions are people, and most importantly to the River Bend Scho

    July 25, 2014

  • Camanche schools sharpens skills (with VIDEO)

    CLINTON — The Camanche School Board were educated Monday night on what actions should be taken during an active shooter attack.Clinton County Emergency Management Coordinator Chance Kness, as well as Camanche police officers Cory Determann and Daniel

    July 24, 2014

  • Darryl Hogue mugshot Hogue will lead River Bend schools FULTON, Ill. — Nearly eight months after opening the search, the River Bend School Board has found a replacement for the retiring district superintendent Robert “Chuck” Holliday.Darryl Hogue, principal of Morrison Junior High School, in Morrison, Ill

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • mama.jpg What we get wrong about millennials living at home

    If the media is to be believed, America is facing a major crisis. "Kids," some age 25, 26, or even 30 years old, are living out of their childhood bedrooms and basements at alarmingly high numbers. The hand-wringing overlooks one problem: It's all overblown.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Regional Education Office consolidation not easy SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — With 11 months to go until deadline, Illinois officials are still working out the details of upcoming mergers of Regional Offices of Education around the state.The State Board of Education approved a new map last fall cutting

    July 22, 2014

  • Northeast 1 Work continues on STEM wing (with VIDEOS)

    GOOSE LAKE — Rising out of the school grounds, the construction of a new athletic center and science wing continues at Northeast Middle/High School in Goose Lake.School administration and the board of education toured the construction site Thursday n

    July 22, 2014 2 Photos

  • Johnny Appleseed Road Show-3 [Duplicate] Exhibit on real Johnny Appleseed will hit the road CINCINNATI — If you picture Johnny Appleseed as a loner wearing a tin pot for a hat and flinging apple seeds while meandering through the countryside, experts say you’re wrong.They’re hoping that a traveling exhibit funded by an anonymous donation to

    July 21, 2014 8 Photos

  • WIU receives award for improving retention rate

    Western Illinois University has received an award for increasing its student retention rate.

    July 18, 2014

  • Minnick Ashford director appointed to commission CLINTON —The Ashford University campus director has been appointed to a volunteer commission.Charlie Minnick, vice president/campus director of Ashford University, has been appointed by Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad to the Iowa Commission on Volunteer Ser

    July 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Goals demanding but not unreachable CLINTON — A month before the Clinton School Board finalized its 2014-15 goals on Monday, Superintendent Deb Olson set the objectives in motion. This year, that includes continuing the district’s upward-swinging graduation rate, though the board means

    July 16, 2014

Clinton Herald Photos

Browse, buy and submit pictures with our photo site.


Should the city of Clinton appeal the open records violation ruling that will cost taxpayers $40,600?

     View Results
AP Video
Featured Comment
Front page
Featured Ads
Local Radar
Blue Zones Project

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
Front page