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Assistant named Don Bosco High School principal

GILBERTVILLE — A new principal is taking the helm at Don Bosco High School, but he is a familiar face to students and staff.

Assistant Principal Casey Redmond was named to the top spot last month by the Bosco Catholic School System Board of Education. He replaces Rick Blackwell, who resigned after four years as principal.

Redmond, 28, started in the fall of 2014 as the grade seven to 12 activities director and as a high school teacher. He has been Don Bosco’s assistant principal for the past year. The high school had an enrollment of 112 students last fall.

“It’s a very close-knit, faith-based community,” he said, noting the school’s small size is conducive to building closer relationships. “I’m looking forward to working with the students and the staff and the community.”

Academics are “hugely important” for the school along with preparing students for “what they choose to do after high school,” added Redmond. “Our previous principal, Rick Blackwell, has done a lot of great things that I want to build on.”

The Rev. Henry Huber, board member and pastor of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, praised Blackwell’s tenure at the school.

“He did a lot of good, moving us in a positive direction,” said Huber. “He wants to be closer to home, move into semi-retirement to have time with his family. He was driving everyday from Cedar Rapids, it wasn’t easy.”

Board members considered switching to one principal for Don Bosco and preschool through eighth-grade students at Immaculate Conception/St. Joseph schools, according to meeting minutes. But following a February closed session, the board voted to stay with the current two principal structure.

Huber said 10 to 12 people applied for the high school principal position, and four of them were interviewed.

“Casey, for a very young man, has a kind of broad experience,” he noted, in both his education and work experience. “He also has the advantage of being part of our system for awhile. That should make for a very smooth transition for us.”

Redmond grew up in Cascade where he attended Aquin Catholic Elementary School and graduated from the community’s public high school. He earned a teaching degree from the University of Northern Iowa in physical education with a minor in health education. He recently graduated from Fort Hays State University in Kansas with a master’s degree in K-12 educational administration.

Prior to arriving at Don Bosco, he spent a year at Assumption High School in Davenport as a teacher and coach.

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I cover local schools and higher education for The Courier, where I’ve been a reporter for the past two decades. I’m a Minnesota native and have previously worked for newspapers there and in Illinois.

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