New interim district administrator
By Holly Neumann
Ray Przekurat (pronounced Sha-ker-it) will take the helm as the interim district administrator for the Iola-Scandinavia School District effective July 1.
A native of Amherst, he said he is excited to be returning to the area.
“This is where my family and friends are,” Przekurat said. “When I first started looking at jobs, Iola-Scandinavia was one of the top schools on my list. I am blessed to be working with the staff, students and community.”
When asked why he chose Iola-Scandinavia, his answer was simple.
“Why not?” he said. “Iola-Scandinavia has always had a strong school system. This is a great community and they have excellent support for the district.”
Przekurat brings years of experience with him.
“I was a machinist for six years,” he said. “And I worked in the electrical field for a year before going back to college.”
He holds of bachelor’s degree in technology education from the University of Wisconsin-Stout, a master’s degree in education – educational leadership from Marian University and a six-year certification in educational leadership from St. Cloud State University.
He has worked as a technology education instructor for seven years, as a high school associate principal for five, a high school principal for four years and as superintendent/director at Wright Technical Center, Buffalo, Minnesota, for the past four years.
“I have experience in industry and have been involved in many aspects of schools,” he said. “Being an instructor, football coach, head basketball coach, associate principal, principal and now superintendent has given me experiences that will help lead this district.”
In addition, he has also been involved with strategic planning, curriculum development and long-term facility maintenance planning.
“Some of my goals are to strengthen the communication with the community while developing the curriculum to help all students in the district,” he said. “The main challenge with any new job is developing new relationships and the reaction to changes.”
He hopes to build trust through open and honest communication.
“I am always available to talk to people and hear them out,” he said. “The only thing I ask for is to come with a plan to solve the problems. I will work with everyone to talk about their plan and mine.”
Przekurat is aware the he is joining the district at a time of concern for some community members.
“I feel the best way to handle it is to move forward,” he said. “We will be looking to the future and not the past.”
If given the chance he would love to see this opportunity turn this into a permanent full-time position.
“My whole intent of taking this job is to make it a permanent position for myself,” he said. “This is home and this is where I want to be.”
He will of course be turning in his blue and white, the colors of his alma mater, to now wear the orange and black of Iola-Scandinavia.
“I will have no problem with wearing orange and black. In fact, I have a couple of orange ties already,” he said. “I will always support the school and community where I work at. Go T-Birds!”
Przekurat will be moving to the area prior to his start date.
“My fiancé Laura Trzebiatowski and I plan on being very involved with the Iola community and the activities that go on throughout the year,” he said.
In his spare time he is an avid Packers, Brewers, Badgers and Bucks fan, who also enjoys biking, hiking, kayaking, golfing, hunting and fishing.