New Van Buren leader chosen; another one moving

Superintendent Laura Hammack plans to recommend Gavin Steele for the job of Van Buren Elementary School principal when the school board meets this week.

Steele is currently the assistant principal at Brown County Junior High School. To fill that job, Hammack will recommend moving Greg Pagnard from the assistant principal job at Brown County Intermediate School.

Hammack and BCIS Principal Trent Austin will work to fill Pagnard’s job, Hammack announced in an email to parents late this morning.

The Van Buren principal job was vacated when Christy Wrightsman was chosen for a new, grant-funded, districtwide job to study career placement and curriculum alignment in late July.

The school board meets at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 17 at Brown County High School.

“We offer our sincere congratulations to Mr. Steele and Mr. Pagnard,” Hammack’s email said. “While we all share in the celebration for VBES and BCJHS, we also need to share in the value added to our ONE Brown County Schools. This is a great day for all of us.”

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Sara Clifford has been raising a family in Brown County since 2005 and leading the Brown County Democrat since late 2009. In addition to editor, she is the beat reporter for town government and writes columns, features and general news stories.