The Middleton School District has launched the search for a new high school principal.
Middleton High School Principal Brian Rothe announced his pending retirement early so the District has plenty of time to take the next steps.
Rothe, who started as assistant principal at Middleton High School in 2016 and assumed the principalship in 2019, will remain at the top through the end of the 2022-2023 school year.
“I appreciate Mr. Rothe’s consideration, giving us plenty of time to find a replacement,” Superintendent Marc Gee said. “But most of all, I appreciate Brian’s dedication to the School District over the past several years. He's been at the helm through some pretty rough waters, and I appreciate his efforts on behalf of the faculty and students at Middleton High School.”
“Retirement will be a bittersweet occasion because I love the staff, students and community,” Rothe said. “We have grown considerably in both population and performance. As a part of the Middleton community myself, I am proud of the Vikings and what they stand for.”
Rothe also said, “I want to continue the traditions of our community and district by making sure there is plenty of time to be certain that Middleton hires the top person for this position.”
Prior to the review of applications, Gee said staff members will have the opportunity to give feedback on the qualities they would like to see in a new high school principal. Some staff members will also be asked to serve on the hiring committee.
Middleton High School moved to the 5A level this fall and Rothe led the effort to create a Hall of Fame, inducting the first class of honorees at Homecoming.
In addition to serving at the High School, Rothe also served as interim principal at Heights Elementary in 2018.
Rothe started his education career in the Reno, Nevada, area and held several leadership positions in the Washoe County School District before moving to Idaho.