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Crookston Times - Crookston, MN
  • Editorial - The downside of Trostad taking the Highland reins: No CT class next year

  • It’s high time Chris Trostad gets a chance to try on his administrative hat and see if he likes being a school principal. A longtime industrial technology teacher at Crookston High School who possesses not only his principal license but also his superintendent certification, Trostad was a finalist for the CHS principal job last year, but J.J. Vold was hired instead, and he only lasted a year.
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  •     It’s high time Chris Trostad gets a chance to try on his administrative hat and see if he likes being a school principal. A longtime industrial technology teacher at Crookston High School who possesses not only his principal license but also his superintendent certification, Trostad was a finalist for the CHS principal job last year, but J.J. Vold was hired instead, and he only lasted a year.   
        Being hired last week as interim principal of Highland School in the wake of Lela Olson’s resignation provides the best of both worlds for Trostad. He can spend the next year doing the best job he possibly can in his new role, and figure out if he wants to pursue the job on a permanent basis. If he decides to do so, you’d think he’d be a heavy favorite to land the gig without the interim tag.    
        It’s not all good, though. Most of Trostad’s teaching job involves overseeing the Construction Trades program, in which students build a house each year, on-site somewhere in the community. During this “interim” year when Trostad’s holding the Highland reins, the Construction Trades program is going on a one-year hiatus.   
        Whether Trostad is teaching again next year or is still the principal and a new Industrial Tech teacher needs to be hired, the plan is to bring CT back.   
        But, still, you have to feel for the CHS students who were on track to and had every intention of taking Construction Trades during the 2014-15 school year, who will now not be able to gain those valuable carpentry skills in such a hands-on, high-pressure fashion. You have to think there’s a fair amount of students who have been taking the required, prerequisite classes with an eye on taking CT as seniors in 2014-15..   
        CT is an important program. It results in a new house that is purchased and becomes someone’s home every year. Although the city’s housing stock will survive one year without the addition of that new house, one would suspect that there are some students who kind of feel like they’re missing out on an opportunity that they wrongly assumed would be there when they were ready to take advantage of it.

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