The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

Education

June 9, 2014

UPDATED: School board names new Clinton High principal

JohnRyan "JR" Kuch gets unanimous nod from the board

(Continued)

CLINTON —

Now, “I’m definitely ready for the next step,” Kuch said.

Moving to the community will be delayed as the family awaits the arrival of their first child. Nagle-Kuch also recently accepted a job as senior director of financial planning in Davenport’s Palmer College. She previously served as the city’s chamber of commerce director.

Both said they are eager to move to Clinton.

Board President Jim McGraw embraced the hire before joining his colleagues with a “yes” vote.

“We certainly welcome you, JR,” McGraw said. “I think you’ll find that this community is very welcoming.”

Superintendent Deb Olson said Kuch’s passion and background made him the right hire. She described him as a “creative innovator.”

“He’s a very kids-first person and that’s what drove him right to the top,” Olson said. “Kids and parents are comfortable around him. Having knowledge of what’s going on right now is also helpful.”

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