Greg Fruhwirth of Wray, Colo. is recommended to take over the helm of Washington Elementary school next year, North Platte School’s human resource director Tami Eshleman announced Friday. Fruhwirth is currently an elementary principal in Wray, an eastern Colorado town near the borders of Nebraska, Colorado, and Kansas, where he worked with North Platte School Superintendent Marty Bassett.
Fruhwirth has 33 years of experience in elementary education – 25 years as a teacher and 8 years as the Wray principal.
He is a native of North Dakota.
If the school board approves his hiring as expected, Fruhwirth will replace Shane Alexander at Washington, who resigned without explanation in late January. Fruhwirth would start the job as the beginning of the next school year.
Retired North Platte Public Schools administrator Mike McPherron is the acting Washington principal this year.
Eshleman said Fruhwirth would bring fresh perspective to Washington Elementary, plus a high level of energy and proven experience.
Eshleman said he was interviewed by North Platte administrators, elementary principals, building staff and teachers. The job opening was published on the school website, the Teacher in Nebraska website, Nebraska Council of School Administrators website and Nebraska School Board Association website, she said.
Fruhwirth was a special education, fourth grade and sixth grade teacher in Fowler, Colo. for 25 years before going to Wray eight years ago to be the elementary principal. He has a teaching degree from University of North Dakota and an Educational Leadership degree from Colorado State University – Fort Collins.
He has current Colorado and Nebraska certificates for teaching and administration.
His wife Barb is a first grade teacher in Wray. They have three grown children; Brittany, Michael and Justin, Eshleman said.
Alexander was suspended on Jan. 14 and placed on administrative leave while an investigation was conducted.
Before he was called to help at Washington, McPherron retired in 2011 after spending several years at Buffalo Elementary and his last year at Cody Elementary.
Bassett was the superintendent of public schools in Wray before he was hired a year ago to be the North Platte superintendent for the 2012-13 school year.